A Salford based charity has appealed for toy donations to help terminally ill children this Christmas.

‘Wipe Your Tears’, who also support children who are subject to domestic abuse, explained that this time of year which brings joy to many can often be the hardest for some.

Chief Executive Wendy Hutchins said: “The impact for a child in need to receive a toy on Christmas Day which they would not have received without our support is phenomenal.”

“Children who are terminally or seriously ill are sometimes unable to focus or play with the actual gifts due to their weakness, they are though extremely grateful of their gifts.”

Wendy continued to explain that the charity also offers a service which provides gifts to those suffering from domestic abuse, and a safehouse which takes an ‘overwhelming’ number of occupants during the festive season.

She added: “We often see these children arriving and it is heart breaking to see that they have nothing or very little on most occasions.”

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So far, the charity has enjoyed great generosity to their cause, with donations from mountain expeditions and proceeds from a new Christmas album all going towards the grand total.

However, despite their best efforts, Wendy only expects the demand in future years to grow. She said: “Each Christmas sadly the need for our appeal grows and what should be and is for most a happy time of year, for the children we support it is often the saddest. We supported 2,000 children last Christmas across the North West, this number will grow this year.”

“Donations vary year on year with a combination of individuals, businesses and Mission Christmas, we have to date been able to support all applications, we hope this will continue through the generosity of so many once again.”

To donate to ‘Wipe Your Tears’ or learn how to get involved visit https://www.justgiving.com/wipeyourtears

Image credit- Nick Brien

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