The roll of honour for the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal 2023 has been announced.

Donators to the Kevin Jenkins OBE Toy Appeal helped pull off a Christmas miracle, in what has been described as one of charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve’s “most challenging appeals”.

The donations and aid came from businesses and volunteers far and wide this year, allowing the 46th appeal, in conjunction with the Newham Recorder, to give gifts to 2,897 children.

The massive achievement was made possible thanks to help from the below.

Newham Recorder: Lego volunteers at the toy warehouseLego volunteers at the toy warehouse (Image: AAA)

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve and the Newham Recorder would like to extend thanks to:

Corporate Supporters of toys, gifts, financial donations and direct support

  • All Funds, ASG Shutters, Axis Europe

  • BAIN Capital, Barclays, Berkeley Group, BNY Mellon, Bowling and Co, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Burberry

  • Close Brothers, CVC Advisors Ltd

  • Gallions Reach Shopping Park (special mention for Toy Warehouse)

  • Higgins Partnerships, Hill Group

  • Investec

  • Janus Henderson, Jestico and Whiles, J Murphy and Sons

  • Kilnbridge

  • LEGO Group, Lendlease, L&Q

  • MACE, Mae, McAllister Group, Morgan Sindall, Mountain Events

  • Reed Smith

  • Sahara Homes

  • Tate & Lyle, Thames Water Authority, Tideway, Thought Machine

  • Valero

  • Zurich Insurance Group

Newham Recorder: The Zurich team helped out several times this yearThe Zurich team helped out several times this year (Image: Zurich)

Toy/Book Companies: Donations of toys/books and discounted toys/books

  • ABGee Toys

  • Keel Toys

  • Newham Bookshop

  • Scholastic Books

  • Smyths Toys (Beckton)

Newham Recorder: Thought Machine donation to toy appealThought Machine donation to toy appeal (Image: AAA)

Schools: Toy, gift and financial donations

  • Curwen Primary School

  • Kier Hardie School

  • Lister Community School

  • Rosetta School Christmas (Jumper Day)


Churches: Toy and gift donations

  • All Saints Church, Writtle

  • Pilgrims Way Church, East Ham

  • St Margaret’s Church, Doddinghurst

  • St Nicholas Church, Kelvedon Hatch

Newham Recorder: Bikers who supported the appealBikers who supported the appeal (Image: AAA)

Local Supporters/Groups/Individuals: Toys, gifts and financial donations

  • Colin Grainger, Clapton CFC

  • Deborah Day Theatre School

  • East London Business Alliance

  • John Ratomski – Irons Supporting Foodbanks

  • Kids for Treats (Neo and Rico Jain Naha)

  • Newham Chamber of Commerce, Newham Rotary Club

  • Our Newham Money, Our Newham Works

  • Royal Docks Trust

  • Stan Harris

  • Theatre Royal Stratford, Triumph East London Bikers Group/Bikers Who Make a Difference

  • West Ham United Community Foundation/West Ham United FC

Newham Recorder: Matt Jarvis donating at the West Ham SuperstoreMatt Jarvis donating at the West Ham Superstore (Image: West Ham United)

Thanks are also given to the many individuals who have donated cash via the appeal Just Giving Page and donated gifts directly, along with all the volunteers who provided support in the toy warehouse.