Give the gift of pyjamas!

Kevin Short and Karen Downing with Regenda staff

A LIVERPOOL-based charity is calling on the people of Merseyside to donate pyjamas for children who are in need.

Getting a set of new pyjamas on Christmas Eve is tradition for many children, who gleefully put them on before heading to bed, dreaming of Santa’s visit.

Pyjama Party Liverpool is hoping to spread this festive cheer with young children living in homeless situations, hostels or refuges, and has teamed up with one of the North West’s largest housing associations.

Set up by mum and daughter Karen and Ash Downing, the charity has partnered with a number of organisations, including Regenda Homes, who will act as drop off points in the run up to Christmas.

Karen Downing said: “Getting new pyjamas on Christmas Eve was a massive tradition in our house growing up and something that we just took for granted.

“A few years ago we saw a poster which reported on the rising number of children waking up homeless on Christmas day. It broke our hearts and we wanted to find a way to help.

“Our aim is just to spread a little Christmas kindness and comfort to children on Merseyside and make sure that everyone has a new pair of warm, comfy pyjamas to sleep in.”

Kevin Short, Team Leader at Regenda Homes, said: “We are delighted to able to help Pyjama Party Liverpool and all of our staff our getting involved with donations.

“We have also opened up our big city centre office, Commutation Plaza, as a drop off point for the public.

“The office is located right by the Empire and is easy to access.”

Pyjama Party Liverpool is looking for new pyjamas in all sizes from baby to young adult. Donations can be dropped off at Regenda Homes, Commutation Plaza, 1 Commutation Row, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 8QF, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Alternative drop off points can be found on the Pyjama Party Facebook page, facebook.com/PyjamaPartyLiv