Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints team up for charity toy appeal

Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints team up for charity toy appeal

Ahead of Christmas this year, Travis Perkins has teamed up with Northampton Saints and Northampton Saints Foundation once more to share donations from Travis Perkins’ colleagues, customers and the club’s supporters to help brighten up the festive season for families in need, and young people in care.

The eighth Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints Christmas Toy Collection, which this year also collected food items for seasonal hampers for disadvantaged families, has seen supporters and colleagues spend up to £10 on a new toy or gift, or pick five food hamper items and put them in a festive Christmas bag.

Donations were made at Saints’ Gallagher Premiership fixture against Bath Rugby on Saturday 4th December, with supporters dropping them off at one of multiple points around cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens. Travis Perkins colleagues and customers also used their local branches and offices to drop off hundreds of toys and items in advance of Saturday’s game.

Since the campaign first launched in 2013, thousands of young people have benefited from the generous support from Travis Perkins’ colleagues and Northampton Saints supporters. The rugby club and builders’ merchants estimates the campaign has made thousands of donations since the initiative began. In addition to the Toy & Hamper Collection, Travis Perkins and Northampton Saints will also donate two huge bags of toys and dozens of care packages respectively to the children’s ward and Macmillan Cancer Support unit at Northampton General Hospital.

Travis Perkins Managing Director Kieran Griffin said: “We are so proud to be part of the Big Toy & Hamper Collection once again this year, and to be able to help families, young people and children in our community to have the Christmas they deserve. This year our colleagues, customers and Saints’ supporters have generously donated hundreds of toys for the Northamptonshire Children’s Trust and Northampton General Hospital’s children’s ward. We’d like to thank everyone who takes part; they should know they will have made a real difference to a family, child or young person who really needs it.”

Ulundi Makhanya, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Northampton Saints, added: “We’re delighted to have teamed up with Travis Perkins again for the Big Toy & Hamper Collection in what is the eighth year of delivering the initiative together. After what has been an undoubtedly difficult year for many families and young people, initiatives such as this are hugely important and we’re incredibly grateful the generosity we receive year-on-year from our supporters and to the hundreds of people who brought along their donations to this season’s toy drop-off.”

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