Christmas appeal for toys that deserves our support

28 November 2013 in Mayor and Young people
​Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has added his support to an appeal for toys that will see youngsters most in need not missing out this Christmas.
Mayors Christmas toy appeal
Sir Robin has donated a collection of gifts to the Christmas Toy Appeal run by Canning Town charity Community Links and the Newham Recorder newspaper. The appeal has been run in the borough for 37 years. This year it needs to collect 14,000 toys to help almost 4,000 youngsters and their families.

Sir Robin said: “I know this time of year is particularly busy for everyone but I would ask that you spare a thought for a special appeal that is at the heart of Christmas.

“Community Links aims to provide each child referred to it with a Christmas stocking of new gifts. This year the need is more acute than ever. I am happy to be able to do my bit to support it. Every Newham child matters, especially at this time of year. I encourage residents and businesses across the borough to try to do their bit for this worthy cause. If you are buying gifts for loved ones and friends, please add another for a child in Newham. Any support you can give the appeal would be welcomed.”

The Mayor welcomed a group of youngsters from Community Links’ Arc in the Park project into the council’s Newham Dockside offices to collect the toys on behalf of the appeal.

Newham Town Hall in Barking Road, East Ham, and the Old Town Hall in Broadway, Stratford, are acting as drop-off points during opening hours from Monday to Friday for people who may wish to donate new toys to the appeal.

New gifts can also be left at the council’s Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Way; Canning Town Library, Barking Road; Custom House Library, Prince Regent Lane; East Ham Library, High Street South; Green Street Library, Upton Park; Manor Park Library, Romford Road; North Woolwich Library, Pier Parade; Plaistow Library, North Street; and Stratford Library, The Grove. For more information visit the Community Links site.