GMB trade union bin men help collect presents for donation
25 January 2019

GMB Branch Secretary, Bob Chritchly said: ''This is what being part of a trade union is all about, it's in our core DNA caring about the people in our communities. I am really impressed what this group has been able to achieve and I think we can all appreciate their efforts, sure next season will be even bigger and better''

The big hearted crew asked householder to donate gifts for local children who might otherwise miss out on Christmas – and were blown away by the amazing response.

Over five thousand presents – from selected boxes, toys, teddies and toiletries to games, books and clothes for all ages were donated and it is estimated they have a value of over £25 000.

Salford City staff sorted the toys into age categories and filled more than 125 large bags with gifts which were shared directly with families being supported by social and support workers and local charities.

Sam Barry, who came up with the idea, said he was delighted and humbled by people’s generous response.

‘’Salford people are known for their kindness and they have done their city proud with their response to our appeal.

I couldn’t bear the thought of children waking up on Christmas Day and not having a present to open and thanks to the people of Salford that’s not going to happen’’.

City Mayor Paul Dennett added,

‘’I walked into the Civic Centre and it was like walking into Santa’s toy factory – there were gifts and bags and volunteers everywhere busy sorting them out ready for delivery.

It has been truly fabulous and I can’t thanks everyone enough for their kindness. This shows the true spirit of Salford and makes me very, very proud of our wonderful city.”

Article and pic from Salford Voice -

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