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Another Successful Christmas Magic Appeal Delivered in 2023

Dalton Together would like to reach out to our community and partners to thank everyone who has supported our Christmas Magic Appeal again for 2023. “Together we make good things happen”.

With the help of Sue Carter and Moldgreen URC who co-ordinated this huge operation and the financial support from the Dalton Ward Cllrs and Syngenta (Syngenta staff also donated lots of fabulous toys to our appeal), plus the generosity of local residents who kindly donated additional items for families within our community, we have managed to deliver another successful Christmas appeal which has made a huge difference to households across the Dalton Ward.

How many households did we help?

Our Christmas Magic Appeal 2023 helped:

  • Over 362 residents (112 referrals)
  • 138 Adults (85 female, 53 male).
  • 224 Children (125 girls, 99 boys).

What did our goodies bags contain for families?

New toys, books, family games, toiletries, chocolates – presents for all members of the family.

Volunteers involved in the Magic Appeal?

We had great support from our community, this included 20+ volunteers who helped to bring everything together. Overall our volunteer’s:

  • Collected donations from organisations/partners and residents.
  • Shopped for key items for the appeal.
  • Wrapped presents.
  • Helped setting up on the day.
  • Packed and gave out the goodie bags to families arriving on the day for collection.

Donations for next year’s appeal!

Plans for 2024 are already being discussed, we will be collecting donations all year round, new (unwrapped) goods for all ages. Contact info@daltontogether.co.uk if you would like to drop anything off. We’re sure some of you will have some un-wanted Christmas gifts you might like to donate.

Alternatively if you would like to support us through a monetary donation this can be done through a BACS transfer directly to Dalton Together. Please mark the reference as “Christmas Magic 2024” all donations are gratefully received.

Sort code: 60-83-01

Account number: 20417615

Account name: Dalton Together

Donation reference: “Christmas Magic Appeal 2024”

Christmas Magic Appeal – 2023

Can you help us to bring a little “Christmas Magic” to households in need across the Dalton Ward by by donating:

  • New unwrapped toys and gifts suitable for babies to 2 years olds, 2 year olds to 4 year olds, 5 year olds to 8 year olds, 8 to 11 year olds, 11 to 18 year olds (males and females)
  • Selection boxes
  • Family boxes of chocolates and biscuits
  • Chocolate log cakes and mince pies
  • Crisps and Nibbles E.g. Pringles

If you are wanting to donate please can you complete our online Christmas Magic – Donation Form 2023 form located at the bottom of this webpage. Please make sure that goods can last throughout December and any gifts come unwrapped and are new.

Donations for goods and toys to be delivered by 5th Dec to Moldgreen United Reformed Church, 319 Old Wakefield Rd, Moldgreen, Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD5 8AA (for the attention of Sue Carter).

Thank You!

A big thank you goes out to Syngenta, Ministry of the United Reformed Church and the Dalton Ward Councillors for supporting our Christmas Magic Appeal this year. We would also like to thank everyone who contributes towards our appeal through volunteering and donations.

Monetary Donations

Any monetary donations can be made through a BACS transfer directly to Dalton Together. Please mark the donations reference as “Christmas Magic Appeal 2023”.

Sort code: 60-83-01

Account number: 20417615

Account name: Dalton Together

Donation Reference: “Christmas Magic Appeal 2023”

To refer a family please complete the Christmas Magic Referral form 2023 (in red below)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking to donate to our Christmas Magic Appeal please complete the Donation Form 2023 form located at the bottom of this webpage.

Please ensure this form is fully completed and returned no later than the 17th November. 

There will be no planned delivery service again this year so it is important that you make arrangements for the individual families to collect their Goody Bags on the 15th December themselves between 10.00am and 12.00pm from Moldgreen United Reformed Church, 319 Old Wakefield Rd, Moldgreen, Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD5 8AA – or you, as the referrer, can pick it up on their behalf during this time slot. Thank You.

You can download the referral form HERE – ChristmasMagic2023ReferralForm.docx

Please send this referral form back to Sue Carter by 17th November via email at s.carter922@btinternet.com any queries please email or call 07834 590446.

You can download our donation flyer HERE ChristmasMagic2023DonationFlyer.pdf

Thank you for helping us deliver our Christmas Magic Appeal this year!

Christmas Magic Appeal – Donation Form 2023

  • Interest in Future events:

  • Sponsoring local teams or activities, helping to secure and maintain Ward facilities such as Defibs, green areas, local tidy up campaigns?
    I consent to my personal/business information being kept for the purpose of managing my interest with Dalton Together.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY

Another Successful Christmas Magic Appeal Delivered in 2022

Dalton Together would like to reach out to our community and partners thanking everyone who were a part of our Christmas Magic Appeal for 2022. “Together we make good things happen”.

With the help of Moldgreen URC coordinating the operation, the time of the teaching staff at Moldgreen Community Primary School, the financial support from the Dalton Ward Cllrs, The Freemasons and employees of Syngenta through their Community Gift Fund (donating toys towards our appeal!), plus everybody and partners who kindly donated additional items for residents/families within our community, we have managed to deliver another successful Christmas appeal which has made a huge difference to families and individuals across the Dalton Ward.

A special thank you goes out to Rosie Buxton (who has now retired and moved out of the area) for overseeing the whole operation, without her none of this would have been possible.

How many households did we help?

Our Christmas Magic Appeal 2022 managed to help:

  • Over 450 residents and 128 different families across the Dalton Ward!
  • 190 Adults (132 female, 58 male).
  • 273 Children (124 girls, 149 boys).

What did our goodies bags contain for families/individuals?

  • Festive food, drink, toys and gifts.
  • Presents for all members of the family, including pets.

128 referrals were made towards this years appeal!

15 different organisations referred families to receive a Christmas goodie bag.

23 of our goodie bags were halal.

Volunteers involved in the Magic Appeal?

We had great support from our community, this included approximately 20 volunteers skilled in multiple areas to help bring everything together. Overall we had volunteer’s who:

  • Collected donations from organisations/partners and residents.
  • Shopped for key items for the appeal.
  • Helped setting up on the day.
  • Packing and giving out the goodie bags to families arriving on the day for collection.

Plans for 2023 are already being discussed, we will be collecting donations all year round, new (unwrapped) goods for all ages. Contact info@daltontogether.co.uk if you would like to drop anything off.

Christmas Magic Appeal – 2022

Can you help us to bring a little “Christmas Magic” to vulnerable households in the Dalton Ward by donating:

  • New unwrapped toys and gifts (Baby, children, teenagers girls/boys, adults mum/dad/grandparents)
  • Non gender specific wrapping paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Christmas crackers
  • Selection boxes and boxes of chocolates
  • Festive sweets and biscuits
  • Christmas cakes/mince pies/chocolate logs
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Crisps and nibbles
  • Tea/coffee/drinking chocolate
  • Non-alcoholic drinks/cordials
  • Pet food or treats for cats/dogs, other

If you are wanting to donate please can you complete our online Christmas Magic – Donation Form 2022 form located at the bottom of this webpage. Please make sure that food is ambient and can last throughout December and any gifts come unwrapped and are new. Key gift appeal for teenage boys and dads/grandads including some pet gifts/food.

Donations for food and toys to be delivered by 12th Dec to Moldgreen United Reformed Church, 319 Old Wakefield Rd, Moldgreen, Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD5 8AA (for the attention of Rosie Buxton).

Thank You!

A big thank you goes out to Syngenta, Freemasons and the Dalton Ward Councillors for supporting our Christmas Magic Appeal this year. We would also like to thank everyone who contributes towards our appeal through volunteering and donations.

Monetary Donations

Any monetary donations can be made through a BACS transfer directly to Dalton Together. Please mark the donations reference as “Christmas Magic Appeal 2022”.

Sort code – 60-83-01

Account number – 20417615

Account name – Dalton Together

Donation Reference – “Christmas Magic Appeal 2022”

To refer a family please complete the Christmas Magic Referral form 2022 (in red below)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are looking to donate to our Christmas Magic Appeal please complete the Donation Form 2022 form located at the bottom of this webpage.

Please ensure this form is fully completed and returned no later than the 9th December. 

There will be no planned delivery service again this year so it is important that you make arrangements for the individual families to collect their Goody Bags on the 16th December themselves between 9.30am and 12.30pm from Moldgreen United Reformed Church, 319 Old Wakefield Rd, Moldgreen, Kirkburton, Huddersfield HD5 8AA – or you, as the referrer, can pick it up on their behalf during this time slot. Thank You.

You can download the referral form HERE – ChristmasMagic2022ReferralForm.docx

Please send this referral form back to Rosie Buxton by 9th December via email at rhozbee@gmail.com any queries please email or call 07502 385498.

You can download our donation flyer HERE ChristmasMagic2022DonationFlyer.pdf

Thank you for helping us deliver our Christmas Magic Appeal this year!

Christmas Magic Appeal – Donation Form 2022

  • Interest in Future events:

  • Sponsoring local teams or activities, helping to secure and maintain Ward facilities such as Defibs, green areas, local tidy up campaigns?
    I consent to my personal/business information being kept for the purpose of managing my interest with Dalton Together.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY

Lesley Stephenson Becomes A Platinum Champion! (Huddersfield Hub)

Article written, credited to and published by – Martin Shaw, Huddersfield Hub

A charity worker who has devoted the last 25 years to helping families in and around Dalton was described as a “wonder woman” as she was honoured as a Platinum Champion on the BBC’s The One Show.

Lesley Stephenson, the driving force behind the Greenfield Centre in Dalton, was invited to appear on the TV programme as one of the finalists for a Royal Voluntary Service Platinum Champions Award.

But it turned out that was just a ruse and Lesley had already been chosen as a Platinum Champion.

Mum-of-three Lesley was interviewed live by presenter Alex Jones, who shocked and delighted her with the surprise award.

Lesley was instrumental in creating a family centre from a burned-out building and built it into a charity-run community facility offering childcare and support to struggling families.

During the pandemic the centre launched a food bank and foodshare cupboards across the community.

“It is all about building the community and helping people survive these difficult times,” said Lesley.

Lesley with Alex Jones

Every Thursday night The One Show surprises a deserving individual who has gone above and beyond for their community.

Usually TV crews take a “big truck” with a giant screen out to surprise someone with its One Big Thank You feature but this week for the Queen’s jubilee the format was different.

Alex shocked Lesley when she said: “We don’t need a truck because today, Lesley, we are saying one big thank you to you!

“You are a Platinum Champion. You are incredible. I was on the judging panel and you stood out for all you do. You are a wonder woman. You are a lynchpin of your community.”

Lesley is retiring from Greenfields but is staying on as an advisor “until we know it’s all sustainable.”

Former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc then unveiled Lesley’s reward – a ticket for the jubilee concert starring Diana Ross and Queen and Adam Lambert and Andrea Boceli at Buckingham Palace on Saturday night and a place at the Big Jubilee Lunch at The Oval cricket ground on Sunday attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Penny (left), Cheryl (centre) and Ashleigh-Jayne.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Lesley’s daughter Ashleigh-Jayne Rogers and friends Cheryl Reid and Penny Smith paid emotional tributes.

Cheryl said: “Lesley is our super woman without a cape. Hundreds of families she has fed. She is just amazing, so selfless. She works around the clock.”

Choking back the tears, Ashleigh-Jayne said: “You hear about all the amazing things that people do, and all the incredible things they do for their community.

“They go the extra mile and they strive always to achieve the best for everybody. They are always the first to volunteer and the last to give in and if you bottle those qualities you would have to give them the name Lesley.”

As the tears started to flow, Alex said: “Ooh, tissue for Lesley and tissue for me!”

Ashleigh-Jayne gives an emotional tribute to her mum, watched by Mel (left)

The idea for Greenfields in Dalton Green Lane was born in 1997 and over the next three years Lesley and a team of volunteers worked tirelessly to raise the £250,000 needed to refurbish the premises and open the centre as a charity in 2000.

Article written, credited to and published by – Martin Shaw, Huddersfield Hub

Another Successful Christmas Magic Appeal Delivered in 2021

Dalton Together would like to reach out to our community and partners thanking everyone who were a part of our Christmas Magic Appeal for 2021. “Together we make good things happen”.

With the help of Greenfields Family Centre, the financial support from the Dalton Ward Cllrs, TSL Kirklees Volunteering and Syngenta plus everybody who kindly donated additional items for residents/families, we have managed to deliver another successful Christmas appeal which has made a huge difference to families and individuals across the Dalton Ward. A special thank you goes out to Lesley Stephenson at Greenfields for overseeing the whole operation again, without her all of this wouldn’t have been possible.

How many households did we help?

Our Christmas Magic Appeal 2021 managed to help:

  • 111 Households
  • 146 Adults
  • 253 Children

What did our goodies bags contain for families/individuals?

  • Festive food and drink.
  • Presents for all members of the family, including one cat.
  • Panto tickets for the production of Robin Hood at the Lawrence Batley Theatre (where appropriate).
  • Morrisons Shopping vouchers ranging from £10 – £25, depending on size of family.

56 bags in total were collected from Greenfields Family Centre.

55 bags were delivered by volunteer drivers.

10 different organisations referred families to receive a Christmas goodie bag.

Volunteers involved in the Magic Appeal?

We had great support from our community, this included volunteers skilled in multiple areas to help bring everything together. In total we had:

  • 8 Drivers
  • 5 Packers
  • 2 Buyers
  • 1 Knitter

Plans for 2022 are already being discussed, we will be collecting donations all year round, new (unwrapped) goods for all ages. Contact info@daltontogether.co.uk if you would like to drop anything off.

Dalton Together – Cook Your Own project

Families are enjoying cooking low-cost delicious meals. It’s thanks to the National Lottery Community Funding & Third Sector Leaders that Dalton Together are able to help families in our area.

Debbie Creaser the community champion at Morrisons Waterloo has also contributed. Helping supply slow cookers and all the ingredients to families involved.

What are Families saying?

Below is some feedback received from families helped through the Cook Your Own, one pot meals project!

Families have said “the recipes are easy to follow when you’re on the go all the time” and “the recipes helped when I was struggling for healthy ideas for myself and my children”.

Get cooking on a budget yourself?

If you would like to follow along with the Cook Your Own project or find some new recipes.

Visit https://daltontogether.co.uk/events/one-pot-meals/ for more information.

Recipe 2 – Which is a creamy chicken stew will be released week beginning 1st March, get cooking.

Week 1 – Butternut Squash and Bean Stew family photos

Here is a collection of tasty pictures sent in by families on the Cook Your Own Project who have followed the recipe released in week 1.

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