Gifts donated at Aylsham and Sheringham travel agent branches will help children at Christmas

Staff from CAS Travel hand over a donation of Christmas presents to Break Charity. Left to right, Jo

Staff from CAS Travel hand over a donation of Christmas presents to Break Charity. Left to right, Jo Dobbie from CAS, Phil Goddard from Break and Nina Milton from CAS.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Dozens of toys are heading to needy children thanks to collections at a north Norfolk travel agent.

Sleighs in the Sheringham and Aylsham offices of CAS Travel were filled with around 100 gifts from customers, and have now been handed over to Norfolk-based child and family support charity Break.

The donations included cuddly toys, Barbie dolls, books and games.

They will be given to youngsters at Break's eight children's homes - seven in Norfolk and one in Cambridgeshire, and two short break units for children with profound disabilities. More than 80 youngsters are supported by the Break centres, said deputy chief executive Phil Goddard.

'We were impressed by the range of toys donated, for ages from toddlers through to 12-year-olds. And we would really like to thank CAS Travel and its customers,' he added.

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'Break supports vulnerable families, children and young people across Norfolk and these gifts and toys will put some real smiles on the faces of all the people we help over Christmas.'

The toys were handed over at Break's Sheringham headquarters by CAS Aylsham and Sheringham branch managers Jo Dobbie and Nina Milton.

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They said the firm had been overwhelmed by the generosity of all the kind hearted local folk and businesses who have made the Santa's Sleigh Appeal a real success.

Mrs Dobbie added: 'It is our first year of running the appeal and we definitely plan to repeat this each year based on this year's success.

'We have been touched by peoples kindness and wish to send out our heartfelt thanks to every single person who has donated a gift.

'It has been a delight accepting the gifts knowing they are going to such a wonderful cause, and knowing the children and families that Break support will benefit from these gifts over the festive period.'

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