STAR readers are getting behind the bid to help spread festive cheer to youngsters in St Helens who might not otherwise get a gift this Christmas.

Hattons Solicitors are joining forces for the third year running with St Helens Council’s Early Intervention Service to appeal for donations of gifts for both children and teenagers, who may not receive gifts.

The gifts will be given out in the week before Christmas.

They will ensure gifts are targeted towards the most vulnerable families.

Senior partner Bruce Hatton said: “We were amazed by the success of the last few year’s Christmas gift appeals, not only with our own staff donating but also the overwhelming generosity of the local community too. We are again supporting this worthwhile cause to try and make a difference, as far too many children in our local area do not have the happy home life we often take for granted.”

Councillor Alison Bacon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services said: "It is very sad that while most people look forward to the festive season there are children in St Helens who have little or nothing to look forward to with the arrival of Santa very unlikely.

“This is why this appeal is so important to help families out at this time of year."

Hattons Solicitors have also teamed up with Café bocboc in Eccleston to offer one free drink when you drop off a donated toy for the Christmas Gift Appeal at the Café (visit for terms and conditions).

If you would like to get involved and give a child or teenager a gift this Christmas please follow these guidelines.

Gift Ideas

Children aged 0-3 years old: Rattles, Books, Mobiles, Cuddly toys, teething toys etc

Children aged 3-12 years old: toys, games, books, art sets, any other age appropriate gifts

Teenagers: Toiletries (male and female), cosmetics, books etc

Please make sure your gifts are NOT wrapped.


Gifts can be handed in Monday- Friday 9am-5pm at Hattons Solicitors reception: 3 Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HQ