Give a festive gift to a needy child

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People are being urged to show their generosity this Christmas and support two appeals which aim to bring a smile to the faces of disadvantaged children.

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s and the Rotary Club of Uppingham are once again running their Christmas tree appeals, where they ask people to visit one of the places which has a tree and collect a label.

Each label is marked with the sex and age of a child and the person is asked to buy that child a present, which costs between £5 and £10, and then return it gift-wrapped to be put under the tree.

All the presents collected will be distributed to needy children across the area. Charities benefitting from the appeals include Stamford Homestart, Melton and Rutland Homestart, Peterborough Family Action, the mother and baby unit at Peterborough Prison, Downs Syndrome and Boston Pilgrim Hospital.

Trees are set to be located by next week in the following places for the Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s appeal; Cummins Generator Technologies, Barnack Road, Stamford; Curves of Stamford, Stamford Walk; Grasmere Farms, High Street, Stamford; Sainsbury’s, Ryhall Road, Stamford; Sheep Market Surgery, Ryhall Road, Stamford; St Gilbert’s Primary School, Foundry Road, Stamford; The Point of Health, Casterton Road, Stamford; Thurlby Primary School, Lawrance Park, Crown Lane, Thurlby; Thurlby Methodist Church, High Street, Thurlby; The Crown Inn, Main Street, Great Casterton; Smithers Purslow, Spring Lane, Oakham; The Horse and Jockey pub, St Mary’s Road, Manton; The Bluebell Inn, Woodgate, Helpston; and in Peterborough; Aebi Schmidt UK Ltd; Caterpillar/Perkins; Peterborough City Hospital Ambulance Station; Nenegate School; Phoenix School; Royal Haskoning DHV; and Voyager Academy.

Trees for the Rotary Club of Uppingham appeal will be going up in the first week of December at Empingham Medical Centre in Main Street, Empingham, The Falcon Hotel, in High Street East, Uppingham, and Market Place Dental Health Practice in Uppingham.

The Mercury is not hosting a tree this year as we no longer have a reception at our