Toy Appeal: Newham bookworms drum up donations for borough’s children in need

PUBLISHED: 11:08 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:08 27 November 2018

Paula Blake, centre, with Mandy Webb and Sarah Dodd from the Canning Town Library who are organising a donation for the Christmas toy appeal. Picture: Ken Mears

Paula Blake, centre, with Mandy Webb and Sarah Dodd from the Canning Town Library who are organising a donation for the Christmas toy appeal. Picture: Ken Mears


The borough’s bookworms are drumming up donations to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

Two wise women from a Newham library met with Appeal representative Paula Blake on Thursday to launch their collection point for the charity drive, which supports underprivileged children across the borough.

Thanks to Canning Town Library colleagues Mandy Webb and Sarah Dodd, anyone can pop down to the building in Rathbone Market, Barking Road and donate.

Book nooks in locations including East Ham, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Plaistow and Stratford are helping out with the Appeal, run in partnership between the Recorder and Community Links.

Founded 41 years ago, the fundraising campaign aims to ensure no child wakes up to an empty stocking on Christmas Day.

There are nearly two dozen drop-off spots across Newham, making donating a doddle.

You can also give a monetary donation to the toy appeal online. For details, click

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