Mayor supports Christmas appeal for toys

27 November 2015 in Events and Mayor
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales has added his support to a toy appeal aiming to ensure children across the borough most at need do not miss out this Christmas.
Sir Robin has once again donated a selection of gifts to the Christmas Toy Appeal run by Canning Town charity Community Links and the Newham Recorder newspaper. Now in its 39th year the appeal is looking to collect 18,000 toys to help more than 4,000 youngsters and their families.

This week a group of youngsters from the Community Links Arc in the Park play scheme from Bethell Avenue, Canning Town, visited the council’s Newham Dockside offices in the Royal Docks to collect the toys from the Mayor and Newham’s Young Mayor Alex Jarrett.

Newham Council’s Deputy Mayor, Lester Hudson, and deputy cabinet lead for building communities, councillor Forhad Hussain; were also present.

Sir Robin said: “Community Links, which supports some of our most vulnerable people, aims to provide each child they help with a Christmas stocking of new gifts. We know that times are tough for many of our residents and I am delighted to once again be able to do my bit to support this very worthwhile appeal.

“This is a very busy time of year, but I would urge 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 you can give the appeal would be welcomed.”

Kevin Jenkins OBE, Life President of Community Links, said: “I am delighted that the Mayor of Newham is once again supporting the appeal.

“Whatever help people can give to the appeal would be truly appreciated and help to make Christmas Day this year a real Christmas Day for our areas most needy children.”

East Ham Town Hall in Barking Road, East Ham, the Old Town Hall in Broadway, Stratford, Newham’s libraries, Balaam Leisure Centre and Manor Park Fitness Centre 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.

For more information on the appeal visit