Panto star kick starts Appeal for Salvation Army

Posted on 15 Mar 2006
Panto star kick starts Appeal for Salvation Army

A local panto star has been helping to create a magical Christmas for underprivileged people in the region.

When Jennings Ford agreed to support the Salvation Army’s

Annual Christmas Appeal, they turned to Darlington Civic Theatre to see if Big Brother winner, Anthony Hutton, would be able to assist by kick starting the Appeal.

Despite a rather hectic schedule, Anthony, 23, from Consett, alias ‘Anthony the Jester’ in Darlington’s Christmas pantomime, ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ was more than willing to offer his support to this year’s Appeal.

Anthony said, “Christmas is a time when everyone should be happy. It was a pleasure being able to assist and I would like to wish the Salvation Army the very best of luck with their Appeal.”

The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is in its 26th year and the largest of its kind in the region. As in previous years, the Salvation Army will not only be assisting Local Authority Social Services departments, but also many other Charities and Agencies that call upon them to assist with needs this Christmas.

Jennings Ford is urging staff, customers and members of the public to support the Appeal by taking gifts, including new toys for children, gifts for the elderly, non perishable food or donations to any of its seven branches throughout the region. All donations must be received by 20th December 2005.

“This is the seventh year we have used our branch network as drop off and collection points for the Appeal and we are delighted to be able to assist for another year,” said Lee Spence, sales controller at Jennings Ford in Stockton.

Last year the Appeal assisted over 2000 families, which included providing gifts of toys, food and clothing for over 6000 children and 600 adults. In addition, 200 homeless people in the region were given accommodation over Christmas, 1000 food parcels were distributed and Christmas Day dinner was provided at a number of the Salvation Army Corps Community Centres throughout the region.

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