We collect the toys which are then distributed by the Salvation Army to children who, otherwise, would not have received any gifts at Christmas.
This year myself, and Anne Marie Trevelyan, have again been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people after we collected hundreds of brand new toys for North East children.
Every toy that is donated this year will make a huge difference to the Christmas Day of the poorest children living in our region.
Over the years we have been running this project we have been both been truly humbled that even as local people are feeling the financial pressures themselves they have been so kind to others. I think that says an awful lot about the people of Northumberland.