CHARITY bosses today thanked kind-hearted North-east folk who donated thousands of items to an annual appeal.
And the thousands of toys gathered and boxloads of food donated have made this year’s Original 106 Christmas Appeal the most successful ever.
Since 2007, the radio station has run the hugely-successful Toy Appeal, helping thousands of families across the region celebrate the festive season.
For the 2015 appeal, which was supported by the Evening Express, people were asked to donate non-perishable items to help stock food banks across the region in addition to the usual donation of toys.
All donations will be passed on to Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), Instant Neighbour, Aberdeen Cyrenians, Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) and the Salvation Army.
The toys, clothes and food items were collected by the charities from Original 106 HQ yesterday .
They will now be handed out to those who need them most.
Martin Ingram, programme controller at Original 106 and midmorning presenter on the station, said the support throughout the years has been fantastic.
He added: “It sounds like a cliche, but every year we are blown away by the support we get.
“I suppose there is always the fear of charity fatigue, but that certainly has not been the case this year.
“Given that we opened up to food for the first time and toy donations are on par with last year, that would certainly make it the biggest so far.”