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

PUBLISHED: 14:58 10 December 2013 | UPDATED: 14:58 10 December 2013

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

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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.

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 kevin.jenkins@community-links.org.

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


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