THE principal of Alloa Ballet Company has been blown away by the support she has received since joining the 2023 Toy Bag Appeal.

The appeal, launched by the Alloa Advertiser and in partnership with The Gate and a number of sponsors, is seeking to collect  toys for kids this Christmas.

Now, Alloa Ballet Company have joined the appeal and have set up a collection station at their premises on Bruce Street.

Heather Shrimpton, principal for the school, told the Advertiser she was overwhelmed by the support from parents so far.

She said: “I’ve never done anything like this at the studio before and I thought I probably really should.

“Purely by chance, I saw the Advertiser’s Toy Appeal on Facebook and thought that was something we could get involved in.

“I put a little box out on Saturday, November 11, and covered it in Christmas paper and thought that would be okay but blimey, it’s huge, it’s overflowing, it’s incredible.

“We’re collecting for the whole week but I think I’ll have to bag some of it up as there won’t be any space at the end of the week.”

The Toy Bag Appeal was launched at the start of this month with Tillicoultry Quarries, Little Stars Nursery, Affinity and Allanwater Homes signing on as sponsors.

Readers of the Alloa Advertiser can look out for a donation bag appearing in the paper on Wednesday, November 29.

This can be filled with toys and taken to the donation collection point at The Gate’s headquarters at the old Ludgate Church.

Heather went on to explain that she appreciates that this appeal will benefit local children, with donors able to see where their hard work is going.

She added: “Lots of the parents have commented that it is such a nice idea that it’s for local kids and they get to see the immediate benefits around them. I’ve got toys and so many non-perishable food items so far, it’s brilliant.”

Donations can be handed into The Gate or to Alloa Ballet Company on Bruce Street.