Seaside residents re gift Christmas presents to those in need.

Published on by Crystalle Cox (writer), Rachel Mckenzie (editor)

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BBC Sussex’s radio presenter Simon Jenkins is travelling up the South England’s coast collecting unwanted good for the new charity appeal Give a Gift 2017. 

The Give a Gift Appeal aims to raise money for Children in Need and has been a successful appeal from previous years.                     

Speaking from Hastings Town Centre, Simon Jenkins said, ‘A lot of people find that they get things for Christmas that they don’t really want but they don’t want to upset anybody. This way they can give it to us like an amnesty and we can sell and make money for Children in Need’.


‘We were given an owl clock which had staring eyes which followed you around. I don’t know where it came from but it was absolutely fantastic. It was so interesting that you felt like you wanted it and I actually put in a bid for it but was unfortunately out-bided’.


The Give a Gift Appeal will accept almost all new and unused goods, from jumpers to kitchenware, although asked kindly for no homemade food, knives or electrical goods.


You can drop gifts at the BBC Brighton reception on Queens Road, the Uckfield FM studio or at St Paul’s Church in Worthing. You can also track Simon Jenkins’ location via his twitter account @SussexSimon.


The ‘Give a Gift’ day is back for the second year and will take place between 10am and 12pm on Saturday 14th January 2017 at St Paul’s Art Centre in Worthing. All money raised goes to Children in Need appeal looking after disadvantaged children both at home and abroad.




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