BirminghamLive campaign provides 14,000 Christmas gifts to youngsters in need

Toys from the BirminghamLive BrumWish appeal were distributed by 80 organisations, including Resources for Autism, whose head of services Lakhvir Sahota is pictured here

More than 14,000 toys were delivered as Christmas presents to youngsters who otherwise would have gone without, thanks to an appeal run by BirminghamLive.

BrumWish was run by BirminghamLive, and involved readers donating toys in person or via a giftlist set up on Amazon. The toys were sent to children across the Second City before Christmas by charity partner HomeStart Birmingham.

“Kids in care, little ones stuck in hotel rooms, newly arrived refugee families, young amputees, poorly young people battling life-threatening illnesses, working families on the breadline, new mums who can barely afford nappies, kids with autism and other additional needs — they are among the youngsters YOU have helped,” BirminghamLive told readers in an article to them for their generosity.

Eighty separate charities and organisations involved in frontline work with children in need received bundles of gifts — from hospitals and healthcare groups, family support workers and children’s centres, refugee groups and additional needs therapists.

Graeme Brown, editor of Birmingham Live and Birmingham Mail, who coordinated the Brumwish side of the appeal, said the generosity of Brummies during a really challenging winter had been mind blowing.

He said: “We know Brummies are amazing and always step up, and yet again they have done us all proud.”

The project was a joint initiative between Birmingham Live and the #Toys4Birmingham appeal, now in its second year. Coordinated by Thrive Together Birmingham, Birmingham Playcare Network, the Edgbaston Foundation and Forward Steps Birmingham, donations of brand new and ‘nearly new’ gifts poured in.

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