RESIDENTS have got until this Monday (December 16) to make a disadvantaged child’s Christmas a special one by taking part in the ninth annual St Helens Council’s gift appeal.

More than 500 gifts have already been donated in this year’s appeal which will go to children aged from birth to 18 years.

Last year saw 5,000 gifts being shared out between more than 400 children and young people.

Items such as rattles, teething rings, books, toys, toiletries and clothing will be most welcome – but with a shortage of gifts last year for children under 12-months and between 7-12 years, it is asked that residents consider this age range when donating to the appeal.

For health and safety reasons, soft toys cannot be accepted and it is asked that gifts are bought as new and are not wrapped.

Collection points have been set up in various locations across the borough including:

  • St Helens Town Hall
  • Atlas House
  • Wesley House
  • Any St Helens library
  • Billinge Chapel End Primary School

Donations can also be made at any children’s centre, a list of which can be found by visiting
For more information, call 01744 676563.