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Toy drive hailed as success thanks to donations of East Renfrewshire residents

A consortium of homebuilders has handed over a selection of toys to families in need this festive season following a successful partnership with a local charity.

CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, the team behind Maidenhill, have been collecting toys on behalf of Scottish children’s charity Birth, Baby & Beyond over the last month.

Drop off points were set up by the homebuilders in the sales suites of both CALA and Taylor Wimpey, and they have since been inundated with donations from Maidenhill residents, visitors and staff.

Birth, Baby & Beyond provides families facing financial hardship with free baby and child items, in a bid to fight child poverty and support those in need.  Since its inception, the charity has helped over 35,000 families by providing items such as prams, cots, Moses baskets and clothing.

Gemma Gray, communications manager at Birth, Baby & Beyond, said: “Every year we receive hundreds of requests for new toys for children all over Glasgow and the surrounding areas, so it’s fantastic to have all these donations from Maidenhill.

“The toys will be distributed to families all across Greater Glasgow, to children who might otherwise not have received any Christmas presents.

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has donated.  It will make such a huge difference to these kids’ lives this Christmas.”

Angela O’Hara, sales consultant at CALA Homes (West), said: “We’re really proud to have been involved in Birth, Baby & Beyond’s toy collection this year.  It’s a fantastic local charity that does incredible work in supporting families all across Glasgow.”

Pamela Duff, sales executive at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “I’m so pleased we’ve been able to gather such a large amount of donations for the charity.  It’s important to think about your community and those who may be going through a difficult period at this time of year.  Hopefully these will bring smiles to the kids’ faces this Christmas.”

To find out more about Birth, Baby & Beyond, go to www.birthbabybeyond.org.uk