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Our 10th Annual Christmas Community Gift Appeal has been a success!

This year, we have collected an amazing 17,000 gifts which will bring smiles to many children’s faces this Christmas 😊

Our Christmas Community Gift Appeal is a partnership between Aspire Housing, Tesco, and Stoke City Community Trust, which collects thousands of toys and games every year for local children’s charities across Staffordshire and Cheshire.


The gifts will be used to support a huge number of local children, families, and charities, with donations going to:

  • 27 local charities who support thouands of children in our area
  • 52 children supported by Staffordshire Police
  • 19 Aspire Housing families who were highlighted for support
  • 12 local families who were referred by agencies or community groups
  • Four high schools, with 44 children supported

“Year after year, people open their hearts and donate to our gift appeal, and we’re consistently blown away by just how generous and compassionate the people in our communities can be. Christmas is a magical time, and we want to thank the efforts of everybody who donated we can help to spread that magic to families and children who may need that extra little bit of support.”   

                         – Sharon Battiste, Community Coordinator, Aspire Housing


On top of the generous contributions from shoppers, a number of local organisations supported our campaign with donations, including Vistry Partnerships, Kidsgrove Town council, Porthill Glass, Wavemaker, Simpson & Wilde Funeral Directors, Apex Gym Tunstall, True Grit Hanley, The HitMix Radio, and Kingsmill – all of which we would like to give a massive thank you to!

Since it launched in 2011, The Christmas Community Gift Appeal has collected more than 100,000 toys for local children and over 13,000 toys last year even during the height of the pandemic, with donations going to 26 charities for local children. We hope to continue supporting local families and ensuring their children spend their Christmas with gifts, joy and happiness.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year from everyone at Aspire Housing!

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