Charity toy appeal launched

A Christmas appeal has been launched across the county to fill a Jaguar estate car with toys, which will then be delivered to Hope House Hospice at Oswestry.

The idea came from local man Craig Petty, who is dealer principal of Hatfields Jaguar in Shrewsbury and who has helped raise a large amount of money for various charities over the years.

Craig said: “Hope House do so much fantastic work every day of the year in tremendously difficult circumstances and the thought of making some very special children a little happier at this time of year is important to us all.

“Our latest Jaguar XF has a total of 1675 litres of boot space which we want to cram full of toys and gifts and then deliver the lot to Hope House on Monday 23rd December, just in time for Christmas.”

The appeal is being supported by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, which has encouraged its members to donate gits and toys by dropping them off at their offices at Trevithick House, on Stafford Park in Telford or at Hatfields Jaguar in Old Potts Way, at Shrewsbury.

Chamber events manager Teresa Rowe added: “We are delighted to help in any way that we can with this wonderful appeal and, as the Shropshire business community is renowned for its generosity, I feel sure that we will easily fill the estate car with toys donated by members and others.”

Pictured making the first donations are Sarah Smith of HMP Stoke Heath Young Offenders Institute, Teresa Rowe of Shropshire Chamber and Dianne Gardner of WN Security Shredding of Shifnal, with Alun Davies of Hatfields Jaguar.

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