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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
John aims to make Christmas happier

CHRISTMAS will be a little better for 300 children in the area thanks to a charity campaign in Annan.

John Patterson is once again running his Mission Christmas toy appeal and has so far raised over £4000 to buy presents.

He was at Tesco this week to set up a drop off point for gifts and is encouraging everyone to give what they can.

John said: “This year has been different with price increases and not everyone can donate the same as previously.

“But, thanks to the amazing community, businesses etc we have been so lucky to receive some amazing prizes which we have raffled off.

“We have been holding raffles for the past three weeks and prizes included a one night stay at an amazing cabin.

“So far with the raffles and donations, I’ve managed to raise £4000 which has bought over 200 presents.”

He also thanked The Shed, Annan Travel and musician Bob Hollis for purchasing 300 selection boxes to go with the gifts.

John added: “According to social work, there is roughly 330-340 children in our local area that will go without or receive very little.

“To finish Christmas 2022 I’m 100 presents away, around £1500 to complete it. Any extra money again will buy chocolates for the care homes.

“I just want to say a massive thank you for the amazing support I get!”

n To donate, go www.facebook.com/donate 447437527340953/1299816520803557. In addition, gifts for the appeal can be dropped off at Tesco, Patterson’s Garage and the Kedar Pantry farm shop.

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