County councillors have today launched their annual Christmas present appeal to help Buckinghamshire’s vulnerable children and young people. The annual appeal, now in its fourth year, is being led by Paul Irwin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transportation and Mark Shaw, Deputy Council Leader & Cabinet Member for Transportation. Residents, staff from across the County Council and county councillors are invited to donate Christmas presents throughout December for disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the county. The donated presents will then be wrapped and handed over to deserving children and young people by members of the Council’s Children’s Services teams in time for Christmas. Supporting the Council’s appeal this year is the congregation of Aylesbury’s Salvation Army Church as well as a number of other local organisations and businesses. Paul Irwin said: “I’m so thrilled that we are running the Christmas present appeal again – it’s honestly one of the best things I get to do all year! I know how much everyone at the Council wants to help local vulnerable children and young people, and I’ve seen for myself what a difference it makes to so many families. “The response from local organisations and businesses has been overwhelming and we would like to thank them all for the help and support they have given us.” Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s fantastic to know that at such a hectic time of year, our staff and councillors pull together to help make other families’ Christmas that little bit better. Thank you in advance to everyone who brings in a present; it will really make a big difference to the children and young people we work with.” Please drop off your gift, unwrapped, to County Hall Reception in Aylesbury before the 13th of December, to allow staff time to check and wrap them. You are welcome to donate anything suitable for girls or boys from babies to 18 years.