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Charity appeals for gifts for teenage boys

A last minute appeal has gone out from the Cash for Kids charity who are trying to provide thousands of disadvantaged children in Leeds with a present to open at Christmas.

Calendar's Presenter Christine Talbot popped into one of the drop off points for the charity's Mission Christmas campaign at Radio Aire off Burley Road in Leeds today to see some of the many thousands of gifts that have been donated already.

Christine lends her support

But as Lisa Sullivan, Cash for Kid's campaign manager told her - there is a shortage of presents for the teenage boy age group.

Lisa said: "There is one day left to donate presents to the appeal and we are aiming to provide over 16,000 presents this year - we are just a few thousand short - especially gifts to teenage boys, so we are asking everyone to help.

"We have been inundated with help from people and businesses all over Leeds and it really warms the heart to see how generous people are - especially at this time of year.

"I've had families who thought they would simply have to cancel Christmas in tears when they realised they would be given toys for their children from our appeal."

Anyone wanting to donate a gift can drop it off at any time at Radio Aire's front office off Burley Road in Leeds - or at the Crown Point Shopping Centre in Leeds. More details are online here

Lisa Sullivan with gifts

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Families could be left out of pocket after winter attraction closes down

Thousands of families in our region who paid to give their children a magical Christmas experience could be left out of pocket after the firm running the controversial attraction announced it was going bust.

Yorkshire's Magical Winterland in Harrogate closed after just four days last week amid a volley of complaints from families who described it as a shambles and a disappointment.

Many have demanded their money back, but tonight the firm is preparing to go into liquidation and Calendar can reveal between three and 4,000 customers who've paid in advance for tickets now face uncertainty over whether they'll get a refund. Jon Hill reports.

Winterland: Refund money may not be available

The company who are placing the failed Magical Winterland in Harrogate into voluntary liquidation say that there may not be enough money left to refund all of the suspected 4,000 families who have been left out of pocket:

We are currently reviewing the Company records with a view to determining its financial position, upon which the relevant creditors will be notified of a creditors meeting.

Our primary objective is to ensure that anybody affected by the situation is contacted to establish if there is any possibility of a return to them as creditors.

At this stage it is impossible to determine whether there will be sufficient funds to repay creditors.

We are working with credit and debit card companies to determine whether those who have paid via this route can claim a refund on their purchase.

– Walsh Taylor Business & Corporate Recovery

4,000 may not get refunds from failed Winterland attraction

ITV Calendar understands around 4,000 people face uncertainty over whether or not they will receive refunds from the now cancelled Magical Winterland.

Parents were left underwhelmed by the attraction

The criticised children's attraction in Harrogate, which promised a magical winter experience will go into liquidation leaving customers who had booked tickets uncertain as to whether they will get their money back.

Yorkshire's Magical Winterland drew hundreds of complaints after parents felt let down by the attraction, which closed after being open for only four days.

Now the company behind it are expected to enter liquidation. Liquidators are expected to say later today whether any customers will be refunded.

Creditors are advised to contact Walsh Taylor Business & Corporate Recovery on creditors.ymw@walshtaylor.co.uk

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Magical Winterland is cancelled, say organisers

Winterland is cancelled Credit: Calendar

A winter tourist attraction in North Yorkshire, which sparked critisism from the parents of children who attended the event, has been cancelled.

Visitors to the Winterland, hosted on the site of the Great Yorkshire Show, have described it as "disappointing" and "a waste of time".

"It is with great regret that we have decided to close Yorkshire’s Magical Winterland at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate permanently from tonight. We worked very hard to create a family event and have received some positive feedback but also some adverse publicity. We plan to refund anyone who bought tickets in advance and can be contacted at info@yorkshiresmagicalwinterland.co.uk"

– Winterland organisers

Price of region's water to fall by around 3%

Average water bills in Yorkshire will fall by around 3% over the period 2015 to 2020, reducing the average bill from £373 per year to £361.

Water bills are set to fall across the region Credit: Press Association

The average household water bill nationally will fall by around 5%, not including inflation, over the next five years, Ofwat has said.

The regulator said it would mean the average bill would fall by around £20 from £396 to £376.

It also promised customers they would see improved levels of service over the period.

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