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Creche has a festive Wish; Centre hopes to buy children a Christmas gift.

Byline: SARAH SCOTT

THIS one-stop shop community centre which supports local families is looking for a helping hand.

The Linskill Creche, which is part of the Linskill Centre in North Shields, provides a safe place for parents to leave their children and for them to meet up with other parents.

The centre, which has been a registered charity for four years after previously being run by the council, offers parents high-quality trusted daycare while they are at work or looking for employment.

But to help the creche provide the best possible care they are calling on readers to help them with their Wish campaign.

Once again Your Chronicle are giving worthy causes in the region the chance to get their hands on a share of pounds 50,000.

And the great thing about Wish is that everyone is a winner as the cash will be divided among the registered community groups, with the amount they receive depending on the number of tokens they collect.

The tokens are printed in the Chronicle every day and the more tokens groups collect, the bigger their share of the pounds 50,000 pot.

The Linskill Creche are hoping to receive a big chunk of the cash so they can bring smiles to their childrens' faces this Christmas.

Creche manager Michelle Gascoigne said: "Last year we spent the money on Christmas presents for the creche and we want to do the same this year.

"We are a registered charity so we rely on funding and Wish is a way the children can get better presents. We have the creche to support the local families going into work or they can come here to do job searches and we care for the children while they are in the centre."

Linskill Creche is a small group with only 26 places for children who are in early years and live in the local community. The creche also offers hourly rates so parents do not feel pressured to pay for full-day childcare. It is desperately needed in the community within North Shields because there is a lot of unemployment and we help people trying to get back into work after having children," said Michelle.

"We have posters up all over the place. Wish is fantastic for an organisation like us," added Michelle.

To support Linskill Creche post your tokens to Linskill Creche, The Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY.

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HOPING FOR SUPPORT Staff at the Linskill Centre, in North Shields, want to buy gifts for the children GREAT PLACE TO BE Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust Creche with, from left, Shaynah Hedley, two, Finlay Taylor two, Isabella Wright, one, and Ben Maley, four
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Date:Nov 23, 2011
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