Lord Mayor of York backs The Press Toys & Tins Appeal

York Press: . .

THE Lord Mayor of York is backing The Press’ Toys & Tins Appeal with her own plea to help a refuge for families affected by domestic abuse.

Coun Julie Gunnell, who is hosting a festive afternoon at the Mansion House tomorrow, is appealing to visitors to bring a gift with them.

The presents will go to Independent Domestic Abuse Service (IDAS) – one of the Lord Mayor’s charities – to give to children and young people staying at its York refuge.

An IDAS spokeswoman said Coun Gunnell was a great advocate for highlighting women’s issues and raising awareness of domestic violence.

“The ongoing generosity of the York public who donate to us is greatly appreciated and really makes a difference to families who have been experiencing domestic violence, who are in the refuge and the community,” she said.

The Mansion House will be open from 4pm to 8pm, so people can drop in after work or shopping.

“Residents and visitors are invited to come and see the traditional Victorian Christmas decorations, and join the Lord Mayor for mulled wine and mince pies,” she said.

“Admission to the Mansion House is free, and there will be a small charge for refreshments which will go to the Lord Mayor and Sheriff’s charities both nationally and in the local area.”

Meanwhile, boxes and bags of toys, tins of food and other gifts have started arriving at The Press’ offices in Walmgate for our annual Toys & Tins Appeal. We are asking readers to take a practical step in tackling the problem by donating unwanted toys, gifts and tins of food to the refuge and the Salvation Army, which helps the homeless and others in great need.

Readers can leave gifts at our office reception between 9am and 5pm, from Monday to Friday.


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