Christmas Toy Appeal

Date published: Monday, December 1, 2014

OLDHAM Rugby League Club have joined forces with their new neighbours, the Whitebank Cafe, to back Key 103’s Mission Christmas toy appeal.

Situated at the entrance to the Whitebank Stadium, the cafe opened in September and quickly had a coffee morning which raised £760 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
In another community initiative the cafe, owned by Leon Hickey, is now a drop-off point for the radio station’s Christmas toy appeal and Roughyeds are delighted to join in and offer as much support as they can.
“We are very much part of the Limehurst Village community and we’ll do all we can to help worthwhile projects like this,” said a club spokesman.
“We’ll be publicising the appeal on our club website and circulating it to our other media outlets to bring it to the notice of our supporters.”
Cheri Grimes, who works at Whitebank Cafe, is pushing the appeal there, helped by her colleagues Andrea Brooksbank and Ian Garforth, the chef.
Said Cheri (38), a mother of six: “I can’t imagine any child having no presents to open on Christmas Day, but that’s the reality for thousands of them all around Greater Manchester.
“Key 103 are asking people to buy an extra present for a disadvantaged child, or make a cash donation, and we’ll be using the cafe as a drop-off point and, with the backing of Oldham RL Club, doing all we can in other ways to promote the appeal.”
The cafe is open to receive toys or donations seven days a week from 8am to 2pm and Cheri can be contacted on (0161) 943 0842 or on 07756535704 between those times. 
Toys need to be donated by December 17 to allow time for distribution.