Community Links life-president Kevin Jenkins OBE is thrilled with the ongoing success of Newham’s Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 10:27 07 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:27 07 December 2016

Kevin Jenkins

Personally, I was not surprised that recent research carried out by the Big Give in to individual giving, found that individuals living in the poorest boroughs (including Newham) give a higher percentage of their income to good causes than those living in more affluent areas.

Newham residents give an average 1.57 per cent from their income to good causes. Having had the honour of working with all of Newham’s communities over the past 40 years now, the resilience, resourcefulness and concern for those in need or trouble by residents has been heart-warming and humbling.

My own simple belief that everyone who takes can also give back is confirmed by the actions of Newham’s people every day.

There is no better example of local giving than the annual Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Appeal, now in its 39th and most challenging year. Without fail each year literally hundreds and hundreds of Newham’s residents, from children to pensioners, have given what they can to ensure all Newham children enjoy a good Christmas each year.

Over the next three weeks, once again, hundreds of local schools, churches, businesses and clubs as well as individuals, will be giving what they can to help the appeal reach its 2016 target.

Many of those who give will also have their own difficulties to overcome but it won’t stop them from thinking of others and giving what they can to help, for me it is this determination to give and share regardless of your own situation which makes Newham people so special.

If I may ask you to once again give what you can this year to help each and every one of the children referred to the appeal to wake up to a present on Christmas morning I would be truly grateful. I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and thank you all for making Newham such a special place to be. More from Kevin

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