Acorn Windows Christmas Toy Appeal

Acorn Windows Christmas Toy Appeal

Christmas Toy Appeal: Local window firms trolley dash around Toys R Us with £1,000 credit card

Dads dashed around a toy store armed with three vans, six shopping trollies and a credit card loaded with £1,000 in the hope of bringing a smile to needy children this Christmas.

Representatives from local family-run businesses The Smashing Glass Company, West Bridgford Glass and Acorn Windows were yesterday in Toys R Us filling their trollies with this year's most popular gifts.

The "supermarket sweep" was part of the Post's Christmas Toy Appeal – which aims to bring joy to children, teenagers and families living in crisis this festive season.

Grandfather-of-22 Dave Bolstridge works as a driver at Smashing Glass, based in Glaisdale Drive, Aspley.

The 61-year-old, of Broxtowe, said: "I'd feel very disappointed in myself if I couldn't give my children and grandchildren the Christmas they deserved.

"A lot of families struggle at this time of year because it's expensive and very stressful so I'm very honoured to be in a position that allows me to help them out."

We are appealing for donations of toys, puzzles and books which will be handed out to six local charities.

Paul Woodward, a surveyor at Acorn Windows, based in Trowell Road, Wollaton, said he was grateful to be able to give back to those who need it.

The 48-year-old, of Hucknall, added: "I've chosen lots of Minions and Frozen gifts because they seem to be the 'in-toys' this year.

"We're a local company and we're supporting local charities."

And West Bridgford Glass sales director Simon Gilks said he knows all too well the stress Christmas brings – as he is a father to three girls.

The 49-year-old, of Stanton-by-Dale, in Derbyshire, added: "We're in a position where we can help out local charities and at this time of year it's increasingly important because for children, it's special and magical.

"Christmas is all about spending time with the family and some of these children don't have that – the least we can do is give them a gift and help put a smile on their faces."

More than 100 presents have already been given out by Santa during Christmas parties organised by the Notts Children's Bereavement Centre and the NG11 Food Bank in Clifto

And over the coming weeks, they will be given to families in crisis through the Nottingham Women's Centre, Nottinghamshire Women's Aid, Nottingham Women's Centre, The Haven Centre, which is run from Stapleford Community Centre, and Broxtowe Youth Homelessness, based in Stapleford.

Caroline Froggatt, community engagement coordinator at the bereavement centre, in Newark, said: "The children's party was a huge success – we had 35 of our service users attend and they had a fantastic day.

"When Father Christmas arrived they gathered in a room with a Christmas tree in the corner, and underneath were all the presents collected for us and the smiles on the children's faces were enormous."

You can drop-off your gifts either at the Nottingham Post reception desk on the third floor of the City Gate East building in Tollhouse Hill, Nottingham, NG1 5FS between 9am and 5pm on weekdays; at Storage King at Unit 1 Lewis Industrial Estate, in Radford Road, New Basford, NG7 7NQ between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday and between 10am and 4pm on Saturday; or Toys R Us on the Riverside Retail Park in Queen's Drive between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 7pm on Saturday and 11am until 5pm on Sundays.