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Santa Simon delivers early Christmas cheer to youngsters

​KL.FM breakfast show presenter Simon Rowe delivered some early Christmas cheer to children and young people in King’s Lynn in the form of 50 presents.

The gifts, which included colouring books, play dough, teddy bears, card games, reading books, building bricks and magic sets, have been donated to The Toy Appeal run by the commercial radio station, which is based in Blackfriars Street, King’s Lynn.

Simon, assisted by his 16-year-old daughter Holly, delivered them to Thurlow House in Goodwins Road, which is the base for the West Norfolk Children, Families and Young People’s Service provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), a specialist mental health trust.

Children and young people aged 0-25 go there for assessment and also for a range of one-to-one and group therapies. Staff engage with children, young people and their families with emotional and mental health difficulties which could impact on their long-term wellbeing.

Debbie Murrell, Operational Manager at Thurlow House: “We want to thank KL.FM and everyone who has donated to its Toy Appeal this Christmas for their amazing generosity.

“When most people think of poorly children at this time of year, its youngsters with physical health issues spending Christmas on a hospital children’s ward who usually spring to mind.

“Therefore, it’s especially gratifying that Simon and his colleagues are thinking about the children and young people who we support – and we know how much they’ll love and appreciate these gifts!”

Mrs Murrell said that some of the gifts would be left in the waiting room at Thurlow House so that youngsters would benefit from them all year round.

Simon has worked for KL.FM for 20 years and has been involved in its annual Toy Appeal for about the past dozen years.

“Over 2,000 presents worth a total of more than £21,000 have been donated this year by members of the public, businesses and charities, which is a record for us,” he said.

“There’s a massive sense of community in King’s Lynn and as one of the few radio stations that can still be local, KL.FM is able to tap into that.”

In March, Simon went to Thurlow House to collect about 35 Easter eggs that generous staff had donated to KL.FM’s Easter Egg Appeal.

But when he was told about the work of staff, he also handed over up to 100 boxes of small Easter eggs donated to the appeal for staff to share with the youngsters they support – and promised that service users would benefit from all future KL.FM Easter egg and Christmas toy appeals.

KL.FM’s Toy Appeal aims to help make Christmas special for deserving children in West Norfolk, Wisbech and Fakenham.

Members of the public dropped off gifts at supermarket collection points in the area between 26 November and 7 December. Donations are shared with many different organisations, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn, the military charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers and social services.

Caption: KL.FM breakfast show presenter Simon Rowe with Debbie Murrell, Operational Manager, during his visit to Thurlow House yesterday afternoon.

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