Children living in poverty in Huddersfield are at risk of not having any Christmas presents this year and here’s how you can help.

The charity the Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) has a couple of campaigns running again after they were really successful in the past in getting gifts out to those youngsters who need them most. They gave out 900 presents last year.

The first campaign is the Gift Appeal and the YCC is asking people and local companies to support the appeal by donating brand new gifts. They also want to hear from people who need a gift if their children are at risk of not getting any presents on Christmas Day.

The second is the Tree of Wishes where local businesses can sponsor a bauble for £50 which will then go on the festive tree at Brian Jackson House on New North Parade in Huddersfield town centre. Their name is on the bauble and the money goes directly to supporting the disadvantaged children, young people and families the YCC supports through its services.

Companies have already bought 23 baubles and the aim is to have 50 hanging on the tree.

Fundraising and communications co-ordinator Lynne Haigh said: “YCC relies entirely on the generosity of others to help us raise the £3m needed each year to deliver our range of services that support children, young people and their families.

“This is a great way for businesses in Huddersfield to join together, show their support and help YCC to raise awareness and funds over the festive period. We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters and thank everyone for their kindness and generosity.”

To find out more phone YCC on 01484 519988, email or text 07761 339284.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.