Panto stars and Jennings Ford help make it a fan-dabi-dozi Christmas for the Salvation Army’s Appeal

Posted on 11 May 2007

Panto stars have been helping to create a magical Christmas for underprivileged people in the region.

When JenningsFord agreed to support the Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Appeal by using its branch network as drop off and collection points, they turned to Darlington Civic Theatre to see if ‘The Krankies’ could assist and help generate publicity.

Despite a rather hectic schedule, ‘The Krankies,’ also known as Baron Hardup and Buttons in Darlington Civic’s Christmas pantomime, ‘Cinderella’, were more than willing to offer their support to this year’s Appeal.

Lee Spence, sales controller at JenningsFord’s Yarm Road branch in Stockton, said: “The Salvation Army does an amazing job helping people in the community, not just at Christmas time but all year round. This time of year, however, is the most difficult and challenging time as they have thousands of people they need to assist in order to make their Christmas extra special.”

Lee added; “This is the eighth 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.”

The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal is in its 27th 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.

JenningsFord is urging staff, customers and members of the public to support the Appeal by taking gifts, including new toys for children and teenagers, gifts for the elderly, non-perishable food or donations to any of its seven branches throughout the region. All donations must be received by 15th December 2006.

Last year the Appeal assisted over 1342 families, which included providing toys for more than 5841 children. In addition over 200 homeless people were given accommodation over Christmas, more than 285 elderly people received gifts and 740 food parcels were distributed.

Jennings Ford branches can be found at Yarm Road in Stockton, Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, Parsons Road Washington, Riverside Road Sunderland, Newcastle Road South Shields, Eslington Park Gateshead and Coopies Lane in Morpeth.

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