County Armagh is on a Mission this Christmas

The team at the Craigavon branch of Harry Corry’s has joined Downtown Radio and Cool FM’s Cash for Kids to help them on their ‘mission’ to support vulnerable children across the community this Christmas.

With almost one in four children in Northern Ireland living in poverty, Downtown and Cool FM are urging shoppers to buy one extra gift for Christmas.

With Harry Corry as title sponsor, the initiative will see each of the retailer’s 18 branches acting as “drop off points” for the public to donate a gift for a disadvantaged child. The appeal is also supported by Mace, Centra and Sprucefield Shopping Centre who will be collecting toys alongside over 600 other businesses a.

With the latest government research revealing that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK which has experienced an increase in child poverty, Andrea Charles, Cash for Kids charity manager believes Mission Christmas can help make a difference to many young people:

“The facts paint a worrying and stark picture about poverty in our community. Our mission at Cash for Kids is to help these vulnerable young people, many of whom will wake up to nothing on Christmas morning without our help.

“Last year we distributed gifts to over 6000 children – which was fantastic – but the need is greater than ever this Christmas. We would encourage everyone to support those less fortunate than themselves by buying an extra gift this year and dropping it in to their nearest drop-off point.”

Mark Corry, marketing manager at Harry Corry added: “We’re extremely proud to be supporting the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal for the third year running. Christmas is a time for giving, and we hope that the public get behind the campaign and make sure no child goes without this year.”

The Mission Christmas appeal seeks donations of new and unwrapped toys, clothes or games.

Cash for Kids is also inviting underprivileged families, living in difficult circumstances, to apply to receive gifts by contacting one of the organisations registered to benefit from the campaign. A list of all organisations that can be contacted is on the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas website.

Visit the Mission Christmas website at www.downtown.co.uk/mission or to donate £5 text the word GIFT to 70808**.