Mayor supports Christmas appeal for toys

14 December 2017 in Mayor and Young people
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has once again added his support to a toy appeal aiming to ensure children most at need across the borough do not miss out this Christmas.
Sir Robin has donated a selection of gifts to the annual Christmas Toy Appeal run by Canning Town charity Community Links and the Newham Recorder newspaper. Now in its 40th year the appeal is looking to collect more than 17,000 toys to help more than 4,000 youngsters and their families.

Paula Blake and helpers from Community Links visited the council’s Newham Dockside offices in the Royal Docks to collect the toys from the Mayor.

Sir Robin said: “Community Links supports some of Newham’s most vulnerable people. Every year the appeal aims to provide each child they help with a Christmas stocking of new gifts. I am delighted to once again be able to do my bit to support this very worthwhile appeal, which is celebrating its 40th year.

“This is a very busy time of year but I encourage everyone to spare a thought for those children who without this appeal will have no gifts this Christmas. It doesn’t take much to add one more toy to the list when buying gifts for your loved ones. Any support residents or businesses can offer the appeal will be welcome.”

Newham Council’s libraries and community neighbourhood centres are among the drop-off points for people who may wish to donate new toys to the appeal. People will be able to drop off their donations during normal opening times.