Crosby resident Rachel Corlett has been awarded BBC North West Tonight’s Christmas Star of 2015 following the success of her Facebook appeal ‘Put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas’.
Rachel, aged 23, of Ballaglonney Close, launched the appeal last year when she got upset at the thought of children whose parents may not be able to provide them with Christmas parents.
Residents are encouraged to nominate a child whose families are struggling at Christmas, anonymously if they wish, and to donate presents through the Facebook page.
The children are then matched with a present based on their hobbies, interests and ages.
Last year, about 40 children received presents and with the support of Conister Bank, a Christmas stocking too.
This year, the initiative has grown and stockings and more than 200 gifts have been presented thanks to the support of island businesses and individuals.
Monday evening saw Rachel loading up a van of presents and stockings to be delivered to children in homes around the island in time for Christmas.
Rachel admitted that she was shocked to be awarded a Christmas Star: ‘It was a complete surprise, I didn’t expect it at all.
Rachel explained that the idea for the appeal came to her last year while she was watching the television with her daughter Ava, who is now three.
‘Ava’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 excitement and anticipation, perhaps because their parents can’t afford anything made me want to try to do something.
‘I thought there would be lots of children on the island going without.’
Rachel is due to appear on BBC North West Tonight this evening (Thursday) from 6.30pm.
For more information visit the ‘Put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas’ Facebook page.