The happy ending...

AN OVERWHELMING show of support from the people of Harrogate and Knaresborough helped lift the spirits of a local charity after it was targeted by thieves.

As reported in last week’s Advertiser, several businesses offered donations to the Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library after hearing of the theft that saw 65 toys destined for one of its Christmas parties stolen from the back of one of the organiser’s cars.

This week Karen Southworth, chairman of the charity said: “After a rotten start to the week, we have been overwhelmed by kindness and support from local businesses and individuals.”

When the Advertiser first learned of the theft, it contacted several local toy retailers to ask if they would be interested in donating toys to the library to help it recoup its losses.

Simone Wood of the Cold Bath Road Toy Shop and Granville Simpson from the Rocking Horse in Westminster Arcade on Parliament Street were quick to volunteer their assistance, and were shortly followed by donations from Asda and Marks and Spencer in the town.

But Harrogate’s generosity did not stop there and this week the toy library has received donations from Matalan, Four Seasons Health Care and the residents of Granby Court Residential Home, as well as an individual donation from Howard Corrin of St Robert’s Road, in Knaresborough.

Mrs Southworth said: “It really does warm your heart to think that for every dishonest person, there are dozens of kind and generous people who want to help put things right - we have a really great community here.”