Following a month’s worth of voting, ScS has today announced that Manchester residents have named Wood Street Mission as the very worthy winner of its Big Toy Bonanza donation.

Coinciding with International Play Day, ScS called on the people of Manchester to vote for which charity they felt deserved to receive a bumper delivery of fun and interactive toys, to help bring happiness to a number of deserving children. After receiving the most votes, Wood Street Mission was awarded a hamper of toys including items such as Pop Up Pirate mini games, Massey Ferguson Playsets and sensory toys.

Lauren Old, Communications Executive at ScS, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to deliver these fantastic toys to Wood Street Mission, and hopefully bring a little smile to many well-deserving children. At ScS, engaging with and supporting the local community is something we’re really passionate about, so we’re thrilled to be able to give something back and help Wood Street Mission carry on doing great work.”

Wood Street Mission is a children’s charity helping children and families living in poverty in Manchester and Salford, for the last 150 years. It provides practical help to help meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. It gives struggling families clothes, bedding and baby equipment, and toys and books which are important for children’s wellbeing and development. It promotes engagement in education by helping families with the costs of going to school and run holiday book clubs to promote reading and improve children’s literacy.

It also raises awareness about child poverty through its communications, holding events and giving talks at schools and businesses. Wood Street Mission helps thousands of children and their families every year, and all of its services are free for families to access on referral.

Des Lynch, Manager of Wood Street Mission, said: “Wood Street Mission is absolutely delighted to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the SCS Toy bonanza scheme.   In Manchester and Salford, just under 76,000 children are living in poverty and Christmas is an especially difficult time of year for those families already struggling to make ends meet.

“We ensure that local children who are living in poverty, have a Christmas to remember and families are invited to Wood Street to choose the toys that are most suitable for their children.  Every child deserves to enjoy Christmas and the toys from SCS Toy Bonanza will help to ensure that this Christmas is one to remember for thousands of local children.”


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