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A&P staff donate hundreds of toys to African children

By WBCraig  |  Posted: December 27, 2013


The mean office at A&P resembled a toy shop

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HUNDREDS of toys have been sent to African children by staff at A&P Falmouth.

The company’s main office resembled a toy shop in December after it issued a call on social media for staff to help collect toys, clothes and books for donation to children in Sierra Leone.

The charity collection left Falmouth on board the CSL Argosy, which had been in port for drydocking, just before Christmas.

The co-ordinators of the project were Peter Nimmo, A&P ship manager, Jez Littlejohns, sales director and Penny Phillips, executive assistant.

Mr Nimmo said: “We have been staggered by the response and are very grateful to everyone, especially those who have gone out and collected the toys.”

Ms Phillips added: “The use of social media has played a big part in getting the word out and we are delighted that the toys leaving on the Argosy will soon be bringing joy to the children of Sierra Leone.

“A message was sent out to all employees of A&P Falmouth, but it was Naomi Fryer who suggested using Facebook to spread the word more widely and Kerry Morris, spending evenings collecting the toys.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all A&P employees and those in the wider community who contributed.”

Speaking on behalf of the Argosy, Superintendent John Hendry, said he was “stunned” by the “spontaneous generosity” of A&P and the “good citizens” of Cornwall.

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