Cambridgeshire rail stations become drop-off point for Christmas gift donations

Published on: Monday, 3 December 2018
Last updated: Monday, 19 December 2022

Published 03/12/2018

Greater Anglia is appealing for people in Cambridge and Ely to donate gifts and toys to help children in crisis this Christmas.

Cambridge, Cambridge North and Ely stations have become drop-off points to help Cambridge and Ely Food Bank gather donations of Christmas gifts and toys for children aged 3-12.

Donations of brand new, genuine branded, unwrapped toys up to shoe box size can be donated until Sunday 9 December.

Greater Anglia’s Assistant Area Customer Service Manager, Anita Stuart, said, “The Food Bank is need of gifts and toys to help children in crisis in the local area.

“We really wanted to do something to help and, because so many local people pass through the station every day, we thought the station would be a very convenient, easy place to drop off donations.”

“We are hoping to receive lots of donations to help bring a little bit of the magic of Christmas to children and families who are struggling over the festive season.”

The collection has been organised by Greater Anglia’s Welcome Host at Cambridge North, Sasha Migdal, who was recently recognised with an award by the train operator for her fundraising efforts.

Over the past year she has also raised money for the Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research, Addenbrookes and Macmillan and set up a book swap area and a regular visit from a mobile library.

Anita continued, “Sasha works really hard helping customers, but has gone the extra mile in supporting the whole community with lovely events that raise money for great local causes.

“She’s an absolute star and she makes Cambridge North a warm and welcoming place which is valued by the whole community.”