News release
14 December 2018

Merseyflow staff and customers raise over £600 for local Christmas toy appeal


Staff and customers at merseyflow have raised over £600 and donated two giant boxes of toys for disadvantaged local children this Christmas.

They donated toys and raised £310, which was matched by merseyflow’s parent company emovis, bringing the total raised to £620, along with two giant boxes of brand new toys.

The money will be used by the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal to buy gifts for hundreds of children from some of Halton’s most deprived areas.

Staff and customers have been bringing in toys and money to the drop-off point at merseyflow’s walk-in centre in Manor Park, Runcorn.

There is still time to contribute for anyone who wants to support the charity. In addition to the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal drop-off point at the merseyflow walk-in centre, people can also drop toys off at:

  • Halton and St Helens VCA, Lugsdale Road, Widnes
  • Cathie Stankevitch Foundation, Dennis Road, Widnes
  • Puregym, Widnes
  • Morrisons, Widnes
  • Widnes Hall Care Home

The toys need to be new and unopened, and the appeal is aimed at helping disadvantaged children aged between 0 and 18.

The inspirational woman behind the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal is Widnes-based Nicky Woodward. The self-employed mum of four takes five weeks off work in the run-up to Christmas every year to run the charity, helped during the past four years by the Cathie Stankevitch Foundation in Widnes.

Around 300 local children have benefited from the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal over the past four years since it was first launched.

Nicky said: “I’d like to thank everyone at merseyflow and all the customers who have donated toys and helped us raise this fabulous sum of money. It will all go towards making sure local kids right here in Halton get something to celebrate this Christmas.”

Helen Williams, Marketing Manager at merseyflow, said: “The whole merseyflow team and lots of our customers have really got behind this appeal. It’s wonderful to be able to help Nicky with the amazing work she is doing with the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal.”

Merseyflow is the toll/charge operator for the landmark Mersey Gateway Bridge, that is helping provide quicker, easier and more reliable journeys for people living in Halton and surrounding areas.

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