PEOPLE in Craven are being urged to help spread some Christmas cheer to youngsters by donating unwanted or unused toys and games.

The annual Re-Use Santa appeal, run by Yorwaste in partnership with North Yorkshire Council has been launched at household waste recycling centres across North Yorkshire, including  at Skipton and Settle.

This year’s campaign, which also involves North Yorkshire Council’s No Wrong Door and Early Help projects, City of York Good Place Network, the Snappy Trust, Colburn Community Hub and Foodshare, the Daisy Chain Project and the British Heart Foundation, will see donations accepted up to December 3.

Last year, a record 3,000 items, or 20 van-loads, were donated for children and teenagers who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

Everything from action figures and dolls to games and puzzles for babies up to 16-year-olds will be accepted, so long as they are in good condition and safe to use.

Toys powered by mains electric cannot be accepted. Site operatives at the recycling centres will be on hand to accept donations, as well as advise on recycling or disposing of items that are unsuitable.

Details of recycling centres across North Yorkshire and York can be found at and