The Salvation Army in Trowbridge is again asking for donations for its annual toy appeal to help families in need in the run-up to Christmas this year.

The appeal, which has been running for 12 years, was launched this week and organisers hope to beat the 100 gifts donated last year to help those in need in Trowbridge and the surrounding area.

Once again the Wiltshire Times has teamed up with the Salvation Army and our reception in Duke Street, Trowbridge, will be one of the drop-off points, as well as the Salvation Army citadel in Castle Street, Trowbridge.

The charity works with Wiltshire Social Services, who indicate which families will get toys. Salvation Army Major Kelvin Lang said: “We rely on social workers a lot, as they know their clients’ needs. Once we have sorted out the parcels, they will come and pick them up and deliver them.

“We want to help people who really struggle and bring them the Christmas spirit of loving and sharing.

“This time of year in particular is hard and there is a certain peer pressure of wanting the best for your children. There is a danger of pushing beyond your means.”

Donations can range from toys, games and books, for girls and boys up to 16 years old, but they have to be new and in good condition. Financial donations are also welcome.

Mr Lang said: “Sometimes we don’t get enough donations, so we have to go out and stock up.”