THE CHRISTMAS toy appeal has attracted a bumper £3,000 in donations in just one day.

The Salvation Army received the money in cash and cheques on Monday to help buy toys for around 300 needy children on Christmas Day.

Chris Bown, the Salvation Army's development manager, said £2,000 came from the Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust.

She said: “They’ve been fantastic – they’ve supported us for the past 10 years.

“We also had nine or 10 donations from members of the public dropping in on Monday. We were also given a lot of toys.

“Last week we had 150 kids on our list and since then we’ve had umpteen more coming in.”

The toy appeal is running with Sainsbury’s and the Keighley News.

Toys and gifts for boys and girls aged up to 16, which must be new and unwrapped, should be taken to Sainsbury's during opening hours, or directly to the Salvation Army in High Street, between 9am and 3pm Mondays to Thursdays.