At the beginning of November, Westend Juniors set themselves a target. An ambitious target, at that!
The New Hey Road football club, which has players up to the age of 16, wanted to make sure that children and young people like them in the community didn’t go without this Christmas. They put out a plea for new and pre-loved toys, in good condition, and were amazed at the response.
In just over a month the clubhouse was piled high with toys for all ages, which young volunteers carefully packed into gift bags, along with wrapping paper and sellotape. With literally thousands of gifts amassed, the group accepted donations of clothing and food too.
Only the numbers of items dished out to the community will give testament to the success of this collection:
- 3000 brand new toys delivered to families in the community
- 1500 preloved toys to local children’s charities
- 2000 items of clothing delivered to Sanctuary Kirklees
- Hundreds of items donated to local food banks.
Money was also raised via the raffle of signed football memorabilia, which went towards the purchase of even more Christmas gifts and food.
The generosity of those who donated to the collection, and the determination of the young people from the club, has had an impact on thousands of homes in our local community. Part of Westend Juniors’ vision is to develop young footballers into outstanding members of their community. Looking at the massive difference these young people have made, we at Huddersfield Times think they are doing a fantastic job of achieving that!