Dozens of delighted faces lit up an Efford Christmas Extravaganza as PCH staff teamed up with High View School, the Efford Community Network and other local partners to provide festive fun, Grottos, giveaways, and a touch of Wham…
To the tune of Last Christmas sung by the High View School Choir, families flocked to Torridge Way with a range of stalls, crafts, gifts and presents on offer – and of course, no Christmas event is complete without the Tombola.
Ryan Huws, from PCH’s Communities Team, was at the entrance welcoming the families and pointing them in the direction of the Toy Giveaway, working with the community team from Four Green Community Trust from Whitleigh and Community Builders.
It was Ding Dong Merrily on High as Donna Vickers from the PCH Re-Use Centre teamed up with the PCH Facilities Team of Louise Bolton, Lauren Harris, and Dean Reynolds to provide the toys to giveaway.
Its almost too easy to forget the role that the unsung heroes at the Reuse Centre play in our Toy Giveaways, cleaning up a number of books and over a hundred toys, and putting in fresh batteries so they all work straight away.
All the families were delighted with what they were able to take home, and its great to see these going to people who will love and cherish them rather than being disposed of - there were plenty of toys for grabs including skateboards, bikes, guitars, small trampolines, toy cars and so much more.
At the end of the event the tables were cleared of toys and dozens of little ones left Efford beaming.
Ryan Huws, Communities Worker said: “Efford community events are always well attended, and as usual, the school was jammed packed with people for this festive event. PCH helped out with community stalls, the free Toy Giveaway stall, and with Santa gifts. It was great to see the community coming together to have such a wonderful time”.
Donna Vickers, from our Environmental Services Team, said: “Donna Vickers, Environmental Services Chargehand said: "It was a real pleasure once again to have the chance to participate in such an amazing festive event. The atmosphere was lovely and it really brings the community together. It’s great that the pre-loved toys find a loving new home. The children were very excited with the wide choice of toys, and it was lovely to see the big smiles when they were walking away with bagfuls of toys and Christmas decorations."