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Help vulnerable and sick children smile this Christmas

Help vulnerable and sick children smile this Christmas

Published by Emma Carton at 7:39am 4th November 2019. (Updated at 9:38am 4th November 2019)

This is how you can you help raise a smile for some of Cornwall's most vulnerable children.

Last year locals, insanely and generously, donated between 5,500 and 6,000 toys for Pirate FM's Toy Appeal.

This year we would like to ask you, humbly, to do the same for poorly and disadvantaged youngsters.

Buying just one extra gift while you are shopping, if you can, could make the world of difference to families hoping for a Merry Christmas this year.

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Little Harbour children's hospice near St Austell, that supports life-limited youngsters and their families, is among the charities being supported this year.

Speaking to Pirate FM ahead of last year's appeal, team leader Jaki explained what a difference your donations make.

"It's just a magical time when Santa literally delivers all the toys on Christmas Eve via his pull-along truck and has all the helpers there.

"Just to see their faces in the morning when they wake up and they've got special new toys is absolutely magical.

"Just to see a child's face when they have a toy and I think as well for the siblings, a lot of the time this is just time out for them where they can really be themselves.

"To get a new toy and to see their faces when they receive a gift, it's just a wonderful experience for them".

Little Harbour Team Leader, Jaki

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The services and charities being supported are Children's Hospice South-West, Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Charity 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.

In 2016, 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".

Nigel Libby

There are collection points across Cornwall, from St Ives to Saltash and Penzance to Bude.

Read more and check the full list here or watch the difference you helped to make in 2018...

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