Popular Fleetwood PCSO Linda Stackhouse is celebrating her 20th year in running an appeal which helps women and children in need.
The Wish Tree Appeal provides some well-needed Christmas cheer to mums and their children in Fleetwood who will be spending the festive period in local refuges.
Last year around two hundred women and their children had a better Christmas – thanks to the generosity of the community. Victims of domestic violence who sought sanctuary in three Fylde Coast refuges received gifts for themselves and toys for their children.
Linda is collecting unwrapped gifts for mums and children aged up to 15, and these can be dropped off at a number of collection points throughout the town.
Fleetwood-based Linda has been a PCSO for some 15 years and before that worked at the town’s Asda store.
She said: “I started helping the Wish Tree Appeal when I was at Asda and this is my 20th year. People in Fleetwood love this charity, the generosity shown each year is overwhelming.
“I get help from groups, businesses and ordinary people. The other day I was given £180 from the stallholders at Fleetwood Market.”
In Fleetwood, collection points include the following:
Fleetwood Police Station; One Stop on Lord Street and Poulton Road; Poundstretchers on Lord Street; Ideal Dental Care on Dock Street; Fleetwood Mini Mall on Lord Street; Hesketh House on Broadway; staff at Fleetwood High School and at Charles Saer Primary School on Grange Road. Collection points in Cleveleys include the Skipton Building Society on Bispham Road and Barclays Bank on Crescent East.