With the festive season drawing closer, residents are being asked to make donations to help disadvantaged children this Christmas.

Access Self Storage in St Albans has launched a Christmas toy appeal in aid of The Children’s Society.

It is asking people to donated unused games and toys that can be sold in the charity’s shops to raise cash.

Access Self Storage St Albans store manager Neil Hutchinson said: "Last year was such a success as we had over 100 gifts donated.

"Hopefully we can do even better this year."

Residents can leave their donations at a drop off point, which opened yesterday (Wednesday) at 134 Ashley Road, St Albans, AL1 5JR.

The Children’s Society works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the UK.

Matthew Reed, chief executive of the charity, said: "I am delighted that Access Self Storage is collecting toys to raise money and awareness for The Children’s Society.

"As a charity we rely on donations to continue our vital work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, especially at Christmas time.

"Just £50 could help pay for a week’s supply of food for a destitute family of four, so thank you all for your generous help and support."