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Christmas gift appeal helps Santa on his way

Doncaster’s legal and finance sector joined forces to make sure that disadvantaged children across the borough are not left out of the Christmas celebrations this year.
Over the last two weeks, staff from Atherton Godfrey, ProAktive and Doncaster Junior Chamber International (JCI), have been busy collecting gifts ranging from cuddly toys to t-shirts, for the Secret Santa appeal organised by JCI.Katie Ogley, a senator at JCI collected the gifts on behalf of Child Services and Riverside Women’s Refuge. She said: “‘JCI Doncaster have run the Secret Santa Appeal for almost 10 years and in recent years have worked increasingly with local firms such as Atherton Godfrey and ProAktive, their support is key to the appeal’s ongoing success.  It always warms my heart how much people are willing to give at an already expensive time of year.”Each gift donated will find its way to a local child who may not otherwise have received a present on Christmas morning.  Maria James, vice-chair of Atherton Godfrey’s charity committee, said: “This is fantastic cause. We enjoy supporting it and making sure that as many children as possible have a gift to open on Christmas morning. People have been really generous with their support and donations and you can feel the great community spirit around Doncaster.”Sue May, fostering and adoption service manager commented: “We have worked with the Junior Chamber for a number of years now and they do such a great job collecting so many amazing presents. Every year the stories we hear from social workers who distribute the gifts, bring home how real the need for these collections are. These donations really can transform the Christmas for many of the children and families that we work with.”Junior Chamber International is a network of young professionals committed to making a difference in their community and developing themselves personally. There are branches in 20 towns and cities throughout the UK.

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