THIS year’s Selection Box Appeal for the Children’s Farm Adventure Trust is going well and so far they received almost 1,500 boxes.

However, they are still quite a bit away from their target of beating last year’s 3,895 boxes so are calling for more help.

The people of Warrington have been extremely generous already, and the charity are very grateful to everyone who has donated so far.

The charity, based just outside of Lymm, will provide a magical Christmas Party experience this year for around 1,600 children from all over the north west.

These children have a range of personal challenges, including those with terminal illnesses, disabilities and social disadvantages which make it difficult for them to enjoy the festive season as all children should.

With the help of their supporters, the charity will provide 43 parties, including four parties each for 150 children.

The selection boxes that the charity collects will be given to the children visiting us at CAFT for a Christmas Party this year, as well as those from communities around the region who can’t get to a party, such as those from Claire House Hospice, foodbanks and other charities.

Each child will be given a bag full of gifts to take away with them, which includes a selection box, which is why the charity is appealing to Warrington Guardian readers for help.

There are several drop off points across the town including Spire Cheshire Hospital, Warrington Guardian offices, Storage King and Warrington, Penketh, Lymm and Birchwood Fire Stations.

Helen Crowther, fundraiser at CAFT, said: “Whilst we’ve listed December 13 as our cut-off point for donations, apart from the Warrington Guardian, our drop off points are open at the weekend so we’ll be grateful for boxes dropped off on Saturday or Sunday too.

“Last year, thanks to the generosity of so many, we collected 3,895 selection boxes. This enabled us to bring a smile to the faces of not just the children visiting CAFT but also hundreds of children from schools and groups not able to visit.”