instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Christmas angel: Nine-year-old launches toy appeal

A GIRL of nine has launched a Christmas campaign to collect 100 toys for those less fortunate — after being inspired by Children In Need.

Jazmin Nicholl is filling her house with a growing collection of toys and games to donate to children’s charity The Pied Piper Appeal.

She reached out to people in a heartwarming video shared on social media — which she scripted herself — asking for toy donations.

And, having received 70 already, Jazmin is hoping to double her 100-toy target by the time she stops collecting on December 20.

Jazmin’s proud mum Hayley explained how her daughter was moved to action by a story on BBC One’s Children In Need TV appeal last month.

Hayley, from Gloucester, said: ‘There was a particular story about two brothers whose father passed away that hit home with Jazmin and made her start asking questions.

‘She was shocked to discover that things like this “happen in our country” and even more shocked to find out that it can in fact happen a lot closer to home.’

‘Her innocence and apparent shock really took us back,’ Hayley added.

Jazmin began Googling local children’s charities and came across The Pied Piper Appeal.

The leading children’s charity in Gloucestershire, Pied Piper describes its mission as being ‘to make a difference to the lives of sick and disabled children in the county’.

The charity funds medical and practical equipment that enhances care and treatment for children in hospital and special schools in Gloucestershire.

Their money helps to send children with life-limiting illnesses and their families on Wish Holidays, and supports the ever growing mental health care in the county.

Hayley said: ‘We read up on them and saw what fantastic work they do, and then discovered they were doing a Christmas toy collection.

‘Jazmin told us she wanted to help. The next day she made herself a short script and took my laptop upstairs to make her video.

‘We decided to put it out there and see what offers of help she would get, and the response has been amazing.’

Jazmin’s video praised the ‘amazing’ work done by The Pied Piper Appeal and pledged to help the charity’s 2018 campaign to collect 1,000 toys for children around the county.

She said in her video: ‘I can’t do it by myself, so I need your help. If you can help me by buying one new toy, that would be really cool.

‘It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, it just shows that you care, and spreads some Christmas spirit.’