Newham Bookshop donates 100 books to the Christmas Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 09:30 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:50 20 November 2018

Paula Blake from the Christmas Toy Appeal, with John Newman and May Gajjar from Newham Bookshop. Picture: Ken Mears

Paula Blake from the Christmas Toy Appeal, with John Newman and May Gajjar from Newham Bookshop. Picture: Ken Mears


Newham Bookshop added its unique contribution to the Christmas Toy Appeal with a donation of around 100 books.

The Upton Park shop, which has been open 40 years, has been contributing to the appeal since it began.

This year, the bookshop gave four boxes of books.

“We’ve supported the appeal since day one and for us, it’s incredibly important as a local business that we support such a vital iniative,” said Vivian Archer, who’s been a bookseller at Newham Bookshop for 31 years.

“There shouldn’t be a child that doesn’t get a Christmas present.

“It’s even more relevant now than when it started 40 years ago, because people underestimate how many children are in families that can’t afford Christmas presents. I don’t think poverty is even nearly eradicated.”

Newham Bookshop managed to donate, despite being in the midst of its own fundraiser. The shop is moving two doors down the road, and is raising £25,000 for renovations of the new site.

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