Newham councillors win again at fundraising quiz night for Christmas toy appeal

The Newham Blips won the toy appeal quiz for the fourth year running

The Newham Blips won the toy appeal quiz for the fourth year running - Credit: Archant

A fundraising quiz night was held on December 5 to raise money for the Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal.

The quiz at Community Links’ headquarters in Barking Road, Canning Town, on December 5 saw 15 teams battle it out for the Maureen Allen trophy.

The event raised more than £2,000 for the campaign, which is now hitting its most crucial stage.

There were familiar faces in the winning line-up as the Newham Blips, made up of Newham Council staff, were victorious for the fourth year in a row.

The trophy the teams were playing for is named after former Recorder editorial secretary Maureen Allen, who was a staunch supporter of the appeal.

The Quizmaster for the event was Community Links co-founder Kevin Jenkins, who read a message from Maureen’s daughter Cathy before the quiz thanking the toy appeal for honouring her mother.

Mr Jenkins said: “It was a tremendous night - a full house, strong but friendly competition, and we raised more than £2,000 for the appeal.

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He added: “The are ten days left to make a last big effort to dig deep and give for those who need it most.”

The evening started with a singing performance from children from Community Links and their parents and teachers.

The total for the evening topped £2,000 with an additional £170 added on the night by former Recorder Editor Colin Grainger as a result of his annual 50 length sponsored swim.

For more information on the Toy Appeal or to volunteer call 020 743 9685 or email

You can also follow the appeal at and on Twitter @NewhamRecorder using the hashtag #ToyAppeal.