CORNISH Times general manager Hazel Bradley with the Salvation Army’s Captain Julian Short and his wife Val, handing over a bumper pile of presents donated by kind readers in the Liskeard area.

The gifts of toys, games and clothing will go directly to local families in need this Christmas time.

Captain Julian said he had been overwhelmed by the response to the Christmas gift appeal in the town.

This week, he and his team of volunteers have begun liaising with schools, social workers and other agencies in and around Liskeard to arrange the delivery of all the presents.