KIND-HEARTED staff at a Darlington call centre have given scores of presents to a children's Christmas appeal, despite learning they will be made redundant in the new year.

Employees at the RAC call centre, in Beaumont House, have been raising money for toys for the TFM radio Make a Child Smile appeal.

The collection, led by Bev Iceton and colleagues, included donations, raffles, and saving the loose change from the morning pasty run.

The appeal aims to improve the lives of sick and underprivileged children in the area, and helps to give Christmas presents to youngsters who may not receive any.

This year, the response has been so good that soldiers from the Green Howards have been called in to distribute the gifts.

Tracey Butler, of TFM, said: "The wonderful effort by Bev and everyone at the RAC is much appreciated and we would like to thank everyone who has supported Make a Child Smile."