Over 21,000 underprivileged children across Merseyside woke up to a present last Christmas morning thanks to a Radio City campaign supported by Everton Football Club.
Radio City’s Cash for Kids: Mission Christmas appeal set out to ensure no child in the region went without a gift on 25 December by asking people to purchase an extra toy and donate it to the cause.
The radio station’s charity received a record number of donated presents with an estimated value of £500,000.
Mission Christmas’ headquarters were inundated with volunteers offering support in sorting gifts into age range and gender, with Toffees duo Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley among those who headed down to lend a hand during the pre-Christmas rush.
The Club’s Everton One and Everton Two megastores were also two of over 180 designated drop off points in the city – allowing Blues fans to truly play their part in spreading some much needed festive cheer.
“A huge thank you must go to everyone at Everton for their contribution,” said Cash For Kids’ senior charity fundraiser Katie Harrison. “For being a collection point for gifts in the shops, as well as encouraging staff and fans to bring in gifts.
“I also have to praise the help that Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley gave us at the headquarters and the fantastic coverage that we got on Sky Sports News.
“The Club’s support was very much appreciated.”