Monday 13 December 2010


A Sheffield van centre is getting behind the Cash for Kids Christmas Appeal by providing an alternative Santa sledge to help collect its Christmas gift donations.

Gilder Van Centre has supplied a brightly coloured Volkswagen Crafter van to collect and deliver the thousands of gifts South Yorkshire residents are generously giving to less fortunate local children so they receive a present on Christmas day.

So far this year, 2,952 children have benefited from the Cash for Kids donations totalling £103,320 worth of gifts.

The appeal hopes this early success will encourage more people to leave a gift at any Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Tesco or one of the drop-off points. All gifts are given to local youngsters who would otherwise go without at Christmas.

Charity manager, Katy Winterschladen is delighted with its success so far.

She said: “We rely so much on the generosity of the public and local businesses to help make this appeal a success.

“Sadly there are many children in our area whose circumstances and living conditions mean that they would otherwise wake up to nothing on Christmas day. We work closely with social services and organisations to ensure the gifts and donations we receive are going to the right children.

“We aim to help over 8,000 children so managing all the gifts is impossible without the support of Gilder Van Centre, our volunteers and sponsors.”

David May, head of business at Gilder Van Centre said: “It is heartbreaking to hear that children are suffering and for it to be on your own door step is even more tragic.

“Therefore we are more than happy to get behind this appeal and help Christmas sparkle for more children in our area.”

All gifts must be donated by Friday, December 17 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

For further information on the appeal visit

For more information contact Sue Foster or Becki Oake on 01902 714 957 or /

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