Dundee Christmas toy appeal drop-off points revealed

Charlie with cancer survivor Megan Fletcher joined by Tigress, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and a Minion, in the lead-up to a previous year's event

The drop-off points for Charlie Kean’s annual Christmas toy appeal have been announced.

Dundee charity boss Charlie said a number of businesses have agreed to be collection points for toys.

Charlie Kean’s Children’s Fund hopes to collect enough food and toys to make life better for thousands of Tayside families who, due to poverty, have little money for gifts and sometimes even for food.

Charlie said: “I really hope people throughout Dundee get on board and help to make this a magical Christmas for thousands of city kids who wouldn’t otherwise wake up to any gifts on Christmas morning.”

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As well as collecting tens of thousands of toys, Charlie revealed he will also be making up food hampers so families won’t go hungry on Christmas Day.

Charlie added: “The need this year is going to be greater than ever before.

“Already I have been contacted by groups and individuals asking me to help.

“It’s a sign of the times that this year there’s a greater need than ever in Tayside.”

Last year’s Frozen show at the Ice Arena

Charlie said there was close to 30,000 toys collected last year which were distributed to local families in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

He added: “I also gave away 120 food hampers to families who would have struggled to give their children any kind of Christmas dinner otherwise.

“This year it looks like I’m going to have to collect more toys and gifts than ever before.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has said they will act as a collection point and also to all those people who have already promised to donate toys and food.”

The drop off points are Tesco, South Road; Toys R Us; Boots, Kingsway retail park; Gillies, Broughty Ferry; Fit for Less, Hilltown; Virgin Money; and RBS branches in High Street, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, and Strathmartine Road.

Meanwhile, Charlie also revealed plans are now well in hand for the annual show at Dundee Ice Arena.

There will be three performances of Pete and Tink on Ice at the arena on December 16.

Charlie said: “As always, I will be taking along hundreds of children and their families to enjoy the show.

“It promises to be a great event.”

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