Secret Santa appeal helps disadvantaged in the borough

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SOME of Doncaster’s most vulnerable young people will receive at least one Christmas present this year thanks to a big-hearted group.

Junior Chamber International Doncaster (JCI) and Doncaster Junior Lawyers (DJL) joined forces with other organisations this Christmas to donate presents for JCI’s Secret Santa appeal.

The Council’s social work teams will this week distribute hundreds of donated presents to children and families in need across the borough.

Katie Ogley, past president of JCI Doncaster, said: “Providing Christmas gifts to disadvantaged children in our local community is obviously a cause that is very close to people’s hearts.

“We have received fantastic support from local organisations and a number of companies have not only donated gifts but also offered to use their websites to promote the event on our behalf.”

Alistair Stokes, chairman of DJL and solicitor at Atherton Godfrey, said: “We are delighted to be working with Katie Ogley and JCI Doncaster. We hope the community will come together and help us bring Christmas to local children who have endured adversity this year.”

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, cabinet member for young people, said: “I’d like to thank the huge support we’ve received from all those involved in this year’s appeal. Their goodwill and generosity in donating an extra toy or gift means children in Doncaster who may get very little or nothing at all will now have something to open on Christmas Day.

“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.”