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Get involved with our 41st Christmas Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2018

Last year's final haul of 18,000 toys, at the warehouse with owner John Murphy and Community Links volunteer Paula Blake. Picture: Ken Mears

Last year's final haul of 18,000 toys, at the warehouse with owner John Murphy and Community Links volunteer Paula Blake. Picture: Ken Mears

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The Recorder’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal is launching for the 41st time.

In partnership with Canning Town charity Community Links, the appeal collects donations of toys to give to disadvantaged children across the borough.

In our 41st year of the appeal, we’re hoping it’ll be the biggest one yet.

Recorder editor Lorraine King said: “Our annual toy appeal makes a huge difference in the lives of some of east London’s most disadvantaged children.

“But we can only do this with the help of the readers.

“No donation is too small – every gift will bring a little bit of festivity to a child on Christmas morning.”

Since it began in 1977, the appeal has seen contributions from football icons, panto stars and local celebrities, who’ve all pitched in to do their bit.

Kevin Jenkins, life president of Community Links, said: “In just 48 days, there is a real risk that many Newham children will be waking up to an empty stocking on Christmas morning and to a day just like any other, unless the 41st Christmas Toy Appeal can raise the 18,000 gifts needed to fill their stockings.

“You have helped us to fill the stockings every year, for the past 40 years, and I ask you to once again help your local appeal to ensure that no child referred to the appeal this year wakes up to an empty stocking.”

Last year, we managed to collect 18,000 toys, but we want to do even better this year.

To donate, simply drop off a toy at one of the drop-off points listed on this page.

Or, get involved with one of our fundraising activites, like the Christmas quiz on December 6.

“It’s still as relevant as when we launched it 41 years ago,” said former Recorder editor, Colin Grainger.

“I don’t think we believed it would be going as long as it has, but although we’ve had fantastic improvements in standards of living, there are still children that need this appeal.

“There’s still massive support, from pensioners giving their pension to youth donating their pocket money.”

With your help, we can make sure Newham’s most disadvantaged children have something to look forward to on Christmas morning.

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