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22.11.2021 – Christmas Community Gift Appeal, Electronic Recycling Campaign, Litter Campaign, Safer Road Website

Written by on 22 November 2021

One of Staffordshire’s largest Christmas gift appeals is launching its 10th year and is hoping for support from local people.

The Christmas Community Gift Appeal is a partnership between Aspire Housing, Tesco and Stoke City Community Trust which collects thousands of toys and games every year for local children’s charities across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The appeal invites people to purchase a small toy or gift, which should be brand new and unwrapped, and then donate it to the appeal via one of the collection points placed in the entrance in Tesco stores, whether or not you are a Tesco shopper.

The Christmas Community Gift Appeal has collected more than 100,000 toys for local children since it launched in 2011, and collected over 13,000 toys last year even during the height of the pandemic, with donations going to 26 charities for local children.


Residents in Staffordshire are being urged to give their unwanted broken electronic devices a new lease of life, as Staffordshire County Council have launched their latest recycling campaign to help keep electronic and electrical items in use for longer.

The council has teamed up with two Staffordshire Prisons who will be repairing and PAT testing these items, to sell on to raise money for charities and other great causes.  You can drop off any broken electrical items at your local Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Further details on the project and what items can be accepted are available on the Staffordshire County Council Website




Stoke-on-Trent City Council and National Highways are reminding residents that the city’s roads are not a litter bin after city council teams clear the equivalent of 340 grey bin loads of rubbish each year along the A50/A500 corridor

City council teams carry out regular litter picking along the sides of the city’s road network. This is dangerous work, putting staff at risk. Teams also sweep and collect litter from stretches of these roads through the night, working within National Highways road closures for repair works. Road closures are expensive, taking money away from important public services, and have an impact on road users.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment said:

“Litter on the roads and grass verges is unsightly and a danger to wildlife and other road users. Collecting litter on the roads also puts our workers at risk but this would not need to happen if it was not dropped in the first place.  “The message is clear. Take your rubbish home with you and put it in the bin. There is absolutely no excuse for littering.”


And … a reminder for cyclists from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue … now that the evenings are getting darker, make sure you have the right safety kit so that you can be easily seen if you are out on your bike.  For more tips for cyclists visit the Staffordshire Safer Road website.