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Donations to Pirate FM Toy Appeal reach 8,000

Donations to Pirate FM Toy Appeal reach 8,000

Published by Emma Carton at 7:56am 18th December 2019. (Updated at 8:23am 18th December 2019)

Pirate FM's Toy Appeal has collected thousands of donations to help some of Cornwall's most vulnerable children smile this Christmas and it is all down to your generosity!

This year, locals, insanely and generously, donated more than 8,000 for the annual appeal.

They will be given to the charities that support poorly and disadvantaged youngsters across the Duchy.

We asked you to buy just one extra gift while you were out shopping and it will make the world of difference to families hoping for a Merry Christmas.

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Pirate FM's Toy Appeal has received 8,000 toys to help vulnerable and poorly children in Cornwall smile this Christmas


The Little Harbour hospice is among the charities being supported by this year's Pirate FM Toy Appeal.

Jaki is one of the team leaders at the centre near St Austell, that supports life-limited youngsters and their families:

"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".

Jaki, Little Harbour

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Charities that help care for life-limited youngsters and provide meals for struggling families have issued a heartfelt thank you for Cornwall's generosity


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

You can watch the difference your donations will make here...

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