Storage company appeals for gifts and toys


A self-storage company in Eastbourne is encouraging local youngsters to spend some of their pocket money to buy a Christmas gift for a less fortunate child.

Throughout this month, Safestore, the UK’s biggest self-storage company, is inviting the local public to donate new items, such as toys, games and stationery, to their nearest Safestore or Space Maker branch.

The Safestore appeal will run throughout November and the items will be packaged and donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity, which will distribute the gifts and bring smiles to the faces of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Chris Young, manager at Safestore Eastbourne, said, “We are delighted to launch this appeal in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity.

“ We are encouraging local children to think about using just one week’s pocket money to buy a small gift that could make a real difference to children less fortunate than themselves at Christmas.

“Items such as colouring books, pens and games are good, as they are suitable for both girls and boys.

“But of course, any donations are gratefully received.

“At Safestore we actively dedicate a proportion of our space to charitable causes, to make it really easy for the public to donate.”

Variety provides a number of services across the country. They are known for the Sunshine Coaches for schools and organisations that cater for children with special needs

The charity also provides wheelchairs tailored to each child’s particular medical condition

Variety pays for days out for disabled or disadvantaged youngsters and helps fund specialist equipment for sick children who are cared for at home. It also provides equipment for youth clubs.

Money is also given to children’s hospitals and hospices to help improve care and treatment including neonatal life saving technology for babies born with respiratory problems .

Founded in 1949, Variety, the Children’s Charity, helps to improve young lives, by providing practical help and memorable childhood experiences.

Last year it provided 89 wheelchairs and 68 Sunshine Coaches and each year it takes thousands of children on great days out, through the Variety at Work Programme.

Jason Lewis from Variety, said, “We are hugely grateful to Safestore for launching this appeal, and of course the generous public who will donate the gifts.

“These donations will greatly improve Christmas Day for the sick, disabled and disadvantaged children that Variety, the Children’s Charity helps support throughout the year.”

To find out more about the appeal and how to make a donation visit

The Eastbourne Safestore is located in Brampton Road. The website will provide more information on Safestore or Space Maker branches.

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