Residents in Mablethorpe have pulled together to help a charity based in Barnsley that provide gifts for sick children in hospital over Christmas.
The appeal to donate toys in time for Christmas was led by Mablethorpe resident Stuart Hurren who saw via the media
that charity, The Well Wish Society was targeted in a burglary and had a substantial amount of money stolen, alongside gift boxes with toys in.
With the thought of these children having no presents at Christmas hit Stuart hard and was keen to help out.
Stuart told the Leader: “I saw on the news that The Well Wish Society was broken into and had money and toys taken.
“This charity gives toys to children in hospitals and hospices and the notion of these children having no gifts at Christmas really wound me up and I felt like I needed to do something to help.”
Even though this charity has no connection to Mablethorpe, Stuart was keen to help and donate toys to this worthy cause. After asking on Facebook for help with his charity crusade from friends, neighbours and local residents, the whole community quickly pulled together and floods of toy donations came in.
In total 70 gifts were collected and Stuart and his wife Jacqui met with Stacey Goodhall from the charity to deliver these toys to her in time for Christmas.
Stacey added: “I was completely amazed that people from such a distance helped to support our cause. We managed to distribute toys to hospitals in Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley.
“We as a charity are so grateful to Stuart and Jacqui Hurren and the people of Mablethorpe for all their help and support, it is really overwhelming.”
Stuart also said: “I had no idea I would get this sort of response from the community, and it was fantastic to see everyone come together to help out a good cause over the busy festive season.
“It was really nice to be a part of this charity effort and despite the distance, everyone came forward to help out.”