Headteacher Jill Graver with pupils at St Edmund’s Academy and some of the gifts collected for the YLP/Radio West Norfolk Toy Appeal. Picture: Ian Burt

Thoughtful school staff are supporting our joint appeal to spread some festive cheer to West Norfolk youngsters this Christmas.

Staff at St Edmund’s Academy in North Lynn read about the Radio West Norfolk/Your Local Paper Christmas Toy Appeal and decided to donate instead buying each other secret Santa gifts.

Headteacher Jill Graver said up to 30 members of staff were taking part.

“Instead of buying each other the usual socks, chocolates and candles, we thought we would be better spending the money for the toy appeal. There is already a great selection of toys building up,” she said.

“This year, things are likely going to be more difficult for families in and around King’s Lynn. 

“We wanted to help so every child wakes up to a gift on Christmas morning.”

Staff and pupils are also busy preparing for their big Christmas move, with St Edmund’s closing and everyone moving over to the brand new Greenpark Academy.

The toy appeal aims to bring some big smiles to little faces and we are asking our readers and listeners of Radio West Norfolk to help. From Monday until Saturday, December 12, toys can be dropped into appeal trolleys at Sainsbury’s in Lynn’s Hardwick and town centre stores, Morrisons in Lynn, Downham Market and Fakenham, Tesco at Gaywood and the Wilco store in Lynn town centre.

The toys will be quarantined before being distributed through charities and organisations including the Pandora project, The Bridge For Heroes, Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Salvation Army, Freebridge Community Housing, North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Mencap, Broadland Housing Association and more.

We need new toys suitable for boys and girls from birth to 18 years old. 

The appeal has also been supported by other businesses across West Norfolk in the form of donations rather than acting as collection points.

Radio presenter Simon Rowe has spearheaded the appeal and YLP editor Sue Irving said: “We are excited to team-up with Simon and know our readers will dig deep during what has been a difficult year for us all.”