It is definitely Christmas you unbelievably charitable and hilarious lunatics. 

You crazy people have now bought £98,000 worth of presents for 13,500 kids and teenagers you’ll never meet; and do you know what? It’s the greatest thing we’ve ever seen.

This morning we spoke to Mission Christmas in Leeds and they told us they were trying to cobble together gifts for another 12,000 kids. They couldn’t believe their ears when we told them that you lot bought them 3,000 gifts over the weekend and they could revise that number to 9,000.

We then got a call from a very giddy Jess at Key103FM in Manchester to tell us that vans full of presents were arriving for the 69,000 children they’re trying to help over there. So many that they couldn’t believe their eyes.

Then the Salvation Army in Burnley sent us pictures of the thousand or so gifts that we sent them last week.

People keep thanking us for this but it’s not us, it’s you lot and the crazy generosity of the readers of the FAKE NEWS giants at Southend News Network and NewsThump; the fans of that foul mouthed cantankerous bugger behind Tuckered and the completely genius Al at Angry People in Local Newspapers. Not to mention the weirdest page on the internet Garlic Bread Memes, we get it you like Garlic Bread and buying presents for strangers!

But the fat lady isn’t singing yet. We have two days in which to get as many presents as possible to the wonderful people at Mission Christmas in Leeds and Manchester who don’t start distributing until after the 20th.

It really couldn’t be simpler to donate. Go to and buy a gift from our gift list. Ship the gift registry address and Mission Christmas will put the gift in the hands of a carer, parent or social worker so that the right child will get that gift on Christmas morning.

We have gifts to suit all budgets starting at £1.23 for a box of crayons. If you really can’t afford to buy anything you can still help by sharing this post and this appeal with your friends on facebook and Twitter.

When we started we thought perhaps 1,000 gifts. We can see going through 15,000 and £100,000 in the next 24 hours. Just incredible.

Merry Christmas and once again, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Quentin D Fortesqueue is a founding editor of The Rochdale Herald. Part time amateur narcissist and full time satirist Quentin is never happier than when playing his lute and drinking a full bodied Bordeaux. He rarely plays the lute and never gets to drink Bordeaux.