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Toy Appeal: 18,000 presents ready for delivery

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 December 2017

Volunteers at work at the Toy Appeal warehouse. Warehouse owner John Murphy with Paula Blake from Community Links

Volunteers at work at the Toy Appeal warehouse. Warehouse owner John Murphy with Paula Blake from Community Links

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We wanted our 40th Toy Appeal to be big – and you didn’t disappoint.

Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Apeal, in partnership with charity Community Links Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Apeal, in partnership with charity Community Links

No child deserves to wake up next to an empty stocking on Christmas Day.

That’s why, with your help, we’ve reached our target and will give away 18,000 toys to disadvantaged youngsters across Newham.

“We want to thank everybody for all their support,” said Kevin Jenkins, life president of appeal partners Community Links.

“Without the local community, there wouldn’t be an appeal.”

Pupils, politicians, builders and book sellers all joined the festive fundraising.

Shopkeepers in Green Street supported our appeal, as did quiz teams in Canning Town, an Oxfordshire knitter, and countless residents who turned up at one of our drop-off points or donated online to help those in need.

We watched the pile of presents grow each day at the warehouse in Quattro Plant Ltd in Canning Road, whose owner, John Murphy, let us use the site for free.

Now, with presents on their way, we want to say, simply: Thank you.

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