Christmas Toy Appeal: Dave McQueen from RIP Fitness gets active for the appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:29 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 26 November 2018

Paula Blake from the toy appeal with fitness coach Dave McQueen, who'll be getting active in this year's toy appeal. Picture: Kevin Jenkins

Paula Blake from the toy appeal with fitness coach Dave McQueen, who'll be getting active in this year's toy appeal. Picture: Kevin Jenkins


The fitness community in Newham are getting behind this year’s toy appeal.

Born and bred Newham resident, Dave McQueen, who runs RIP Fitness, is getting his clients involved with donations which will focus on the homeless.

Having raised £40,000 in the past for charity appeals, the fitness coach is no stranger to fundraising.

“I’ve been teaching fitness within the borough for 30 years, so I’ve got a large client base,” Dave said.

“I will be tapping into all my clients and getting them to help out.

“What we don’t think about is all those families in temporary accommodation, who are homeless, but will be receiving toys.

“I’ll be talking to my clients about how we can help them by buying smaller gifts, and how we can make the morning of Christmas Day special.”

Dave has lived in Newham for more than 50 years, and said the changes he’s seen prove how important the appeal still is.

“I’ve seen a huge difference in the community I grew up in,” he said.

“I see so many who are homeless, so it’s something I’m pushing for.”

To give a monetary donation to the toy appeal, visit

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