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WATCH: Christmas comes early for sick & vulnerable children in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:48am 19th December 2017. (Updated at 4:32pm 19th December 2017)

Christmas has come early for some of Cornwall's most vulnerable children.

Pirate FM's Toy Appeal 2017 has pulled in THOUSANDS of donations.

Your incredible generosity filled donation stations from Penzance to Bude and St Ives to Saltash.

The gifts are going to services and charities that help adopted, sick and bereaved youngsters, like Penhaligon's Friends.

Manager Julie Parker said: "We can help families to explain to children what's happened in language that they can understand appropriate to their age.

"It's really important that children are able to talk about the person that's died and understand what has happened.

"I think there are a lot of families that don't have the luxury of being able to buy things for their children that they might like to.

"It's just a little surprise. Just something to open and enjoy and something for themselves can be really important at this time of year".

Generous Cornish shoppers bought an extra present and dropped them off at around a hundred collection points from Bude to Bodmin and Penzance to Padstow, backed by a string of supportive local businesses.

The services and charities being support are Penhaligon's FriendsAdoption for Families CornwallChildren's Hospice South-West and Ellie's Haven, which helps families of very poorly children have a holiday...

 

Nigel Libby set up the charity in Looe after losing his daughter, Ellie, just months before her 7th birthday.

Last year, he told Pirate FM he is overwhelmed with the generosity of people in Cornwall: "Some families may be on a low income and not have that money to buy children any gifts so you can only imagine how grateful that family is going to be for having that gift and how much that child's eyes are going to open up when they have that present.

"When you get to a certain age, maybe it's when you become a parent, you don't expect gifts. It's a time that kids love and it's just great that we can be part of something that makes children happy and makes them forget things, if just for a short while".

Pirate FM's Neil and Lucy at Breakfast have been to see the toys, collected by Gregory Distribution, and they have this thank you from us to you...

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