Gift appeal to make Christmas special

Rachel Corlett with daughter Ava, two

Rachel Corlett with daughter Ava, two

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A Douglas mother was so upset at the thought of children whose parents may not be able to provide them with Christmas presents she decided to set up an appeal to deal with it.

Rachel Corlett said the idea came to her while she was watching the television with her daughter.

‘My daughter Ava is two and she’s old enough now to be excited and understand what Christmas is. So the thought of there being other children who don’t know the same excitment and anticipation, perhaps because their parents can’t afford anything made me want to try to do something.’

Rachel has already set up a Facebook page and rather than appealing for money she is asking for donations of specific presents.

People can nominate recipients to her, confidentially, and she will appeal for a particular item, rather than end up with items the children may not particularly want.

Though Rachel lives at Farmhill in Douglas, she says she has volunteers already in the north and south of the island who are willing to receive gifts on her behalf. Anyone wanting to help, or nominate a recipient, can contact Rachel through Facebook or by calling or texting her outside working hours on 435636

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