Christmas Toy Appeal

If you can’t get out to make your donation, toys can also be collected from your home. Call Community Links on 020 7473 2270 for collections. Alternatively, if you feel a bit out of touch in knowing which toys are going to delight Newham’s youngsters you can send a cheque so volunteers can buy toys on your behalf. Make it payable to Community Links, to Christmas Toy Appeal, Community Links 105 Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ.

Toy donation drop-off points can be found throughout Newham at the following locations:

  • Newham Recorder office:
    The reception desk, Media House, 539 High Road, Ilford. 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays.

  • Community Links main centre:
    Barking Road, Canning Town. 9am to 6pm on weekdays.

  • Community Links Arc in the Park:
    Hermit Road Park, Bethell Avenue, Plaistow. 10am to 5pm on weekdays

  • Community Links Aspa Centre:
    Camel Road, North Woolwich. 10am to 5pm on weekdays.

  • Theatre Royal Stratford:
    Box office. During opening hours.

  • St Mark’s Church:
    Lorne Road, Forest Gate. During opening hours.

  • St Bartholomew’s Church:
    Barking Road, East Ham. 9am to 4pm on weekdays.

  • East Ham Town Hall:
    Barking Road. 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

  • The Old Town Hall:
    Stratford Broadway. 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

  • Beckton Globe Library:
    Kingsford Way, Beckton. During opening hours.

  • Canning Town Library:
    Barking Road, Canning Town. During opening hours.

  • Custom House Library:
    Prince Regent Lane, Custom House. During opening hours.

  • East Ham Library:
    Barking Road, East Ham. During opening hours.

  • Green Street Library:
    Green Street, Upton Park. During opening hours.

  • Manor Park Library:
    Romford Road, Manor Park. During opening hours.

  • North Woolwich Library:
    Pier Parade, North Woolwich. During opening hours.

  • Newham Archives and Local Studies Library:
    The Grove, Stratford. During opening hours.

  • Newham Bookshop
    Barking Road, Upton Park. During opening hours.

  • The Gate Library:
    Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate. During opening hours.

  • Balaam Leisure Centre:
    Balaam Street, Plaistow. During opening hours.

  • Manor Park Fitness Centre:
    High Street North, Manor Park. During opening hours.

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