Christmas will be a little happier for local victims of domestic violence - thanks to the Citizen’s Tins and Toys Appeal and our wonderful readers!

Our office in Pall Mall was literally bursting at the seams with donations from generous readers, local businesses and community groups.

The donations will be distributed by Chorley Women’s Refuge not just at Christmas but throughout the next year to victims of domestic violence and their children who find themselves with nowhere else to turn.

Georgina Brierley, acting manager of Chorley Women’s Refuge, said: “All the staff at the refuge would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Citizen’s Tins and Toys Appeal.

“It means a great deal to the families who find themselves in the refuge during Christmas.

“It is nice to know that there are people thinking about them throughout this very stressful period and reminds them of the true spirit of Christmas.

“We would also like to thank Hair4U in Chorley for giving the ladies a generous new look.”

Citizen editor Gill Ellis said: “Once again our readers have done us proud.

“The level of generosity and support for the campaign has been truly amazing, it’s a tribute to the people of Chorley.

“We’ve had support from all sectors of the local community, and that’s what it’s all about, a community effort.”

Local AA man Tony Cartwright has also got involved. He was kind enough to transport all the bags of tins, toys, toiletries and gifts from the Citizen office to the Chorley Women’s Refuge.

He said: “I was delighted to help out because the Tins and Toys Appeal is a superb campaign that the Citizen has been running for years. We are always looking to support local causes and hopefully this will bring a lot of much-needed Christmas cheer at the Chorley Women’s Refuge.”

PICTURED: MARVELLOUS EFFORT: From left, Citizen reporter Nazia Parveen with refuge staff Georgina Brierly, Kathy Still, reporter Chris Gee, JenHalpin from the refuge and Citizen receptionist Karen Ramsey with just some of the items donated to our appeal.