Mayor supports Christmas appeal for toys

20 November 2014 in Mayor and Young people
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has added his support to a toy appeal that will see youngsters most in need not missing out this Christmas.
Mayors Christmas toy appeal 2014
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 38 years. This year it needs to collect 15,000 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 the appeal. 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.”

A group of youngsters from the Community Links after-school club in Rokeby Street, Stratford, were invited to the council’s Newham Dockside offices in the Royal Docks to collect the toys from the Mayor and Councillors Obaid Khan and Unmesh Desai.

Newham Town Hall in Barking Road, East Ham, the Old Town Hall in Broadway, Stratford, and Newham’s libraries are acting as drop-off points during opening hours for people who may wish to donate new toys to the appeal. For more information visit