Toy appeal brings out best of Brechin

Staff and youngsters from Smallworld Nursery visited Brechin Cathedral to drop off their parcels for the collection. They are pictured with church elder Irene Gillies and Tesco Brechin store manager Paul Cassidy. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Staff and youngsters from Smallworld Nursery visited Brechin Cathedral to drop off their parcels for the collection. They are pictured with church elder Irene Gillies and Tesco Brechin store manager Paul Cassidy. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

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Brechin’s annual Angel

Tree appeal has been

given a welcome boost from the local Tesco

Express.

For years the Angel Tree, based at Brechin Cathedral, has been set up by volunteers to benefit children in the Brechin area who may not receive gifts at Christmas.

Tickets are placed on the tree detailing the age and gender of the child the gift is for - and this year 78 tickets adorned the tree.

However, Irene Gillies, who helps organise the Angel Tree, was delighted to learn that Tesco wanted to help: “The store manager got in touch and said they wanted to donate.”

Store manager at Tesco, Paul Cassidy, said: “We had donations we wanted to give away and I had heard through a third party that Irene was arranging something through the church. I put something on Facebook about the fact there were 78 children that would go without this Christmas, and all of a sudden it started to snowball.

“One friend who saw it, and who had emigrated to Australia, donated three items through a click and collect service.

“The generosity of Brechiners has been fantastic this year. I was gobsmacked - and so was Irene - by the reaction. It’s amazing what people do at Christmas to help.”

Children from Smallworld Nursery have also been doing their bit to help those who may have gone with out gifts. They visited the tree last week to donate their gifts.