Help provides a coachload of gifts

Daily Echo: Pictured, from left, are  Liz Bennett, store manager Andy Gyles, Marchwood Motorways manager Ian Harley, Ben Fryer, Vicky Williams and Rob Rowett. Pictured, from left, are Liz Bennett, store manager Andy Gyles, Marchwood Motorways manager Ian Harley, Ben Fryer, Vicky Williams and Rob Rowett.

FILLING a Christmas stocking is one thing but people in Totton are being invited to fill a coach.

The local Asda store is hoping to collect thousands of presents for children, pensioners and the occupants of a women’s refuge.

The store has joined forces with coach company Marchwood Motorways.

One of the firm’s £220,000 vehicles will be parked outside the store this month and shoppers will be asked to pack the 49-seater with a wide variety of presents.

Asda staff have already launched their gift appeal and are busy collecting presents bought in the store and other shops.

They are hoping the 40ft coach will be stuffed with about 2,000 presents, four times the normal number donated by customers each Christmas.

Shoppers are also being asked to nominate local charities that deserve to benefit from the appeal.

Suitable gifts for children include toys, educational games and DVDs. Ties, toiletries and books are among the items that would be ideal for pensioners.

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