Schoolboy, nine, donates hundreds of calendars for toy appeal

Neo Jain Naha, nine, hands over more than 400 advent calendars to AAA's James Corcoran

Neo Jain Naha, nine, hands over more than 400 advent calendars to AAA's James Corcoran - Credit: AAA

A schoolboy has donated hundreds of advent calendars for other children this Christmas as part of an annual appeal.

Neo Jain Naha, nine, raised money from family, friends and the community, as well as Forest School in Walthamstow which he attends, to pay for more than 400 calendars.

They have been gifted to support the Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal, run by Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA) in conjunction with the Recorder and supported by Community Links.

The Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal logo

The Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal aims to help as many young people as possible. - Credit: AAA

Neo visited AAA's base, the Terence Brown Arc In the Park in Canning Town, to hand over the calendars to AAA’s James Corcoran.

The charity's chief executive Jonny Boux described Neo's donation as "an amazing achievement.”

East Ham MP Stephen Timms also visited AAA to present his annual £100 donation to the appeal.

“I urge everyone who can, to support the appeal,” he said.

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AAA trustee Colin Grainger, a former editor of the Recorder, completed his 50 length swim for the appeal.

Stephen Timms presents his donation to AAA’s Marie Poinsamy and Jackie Mattock

Stephen Timms presents his donation to AAA’s Marie Poinsamy and Jackie Mattock - Credit: AAA

He has already raised £460 but is hoping more donations will come in.

Colin, 67, said: “It was a struggle and my neck feels like it is stuck in a vice and my chest and legs are aching, but I’m happy to have completed it.

"We have raised over half the £750 target so far and every penny raised will be immediately used to buy new toys for those who need them the most.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We’ve only two weeks more (after December 8) to raise thousands of toys, so please help us ensure no child is left out.”

Colin Grainger celebrates after completing his fundraising swim

Colin Grainger celebrates after completing his fundraising swim - Credit: Colin Grainger

Two of Colin’s grandchildren, Laura and Natalie, also donated toys to the appeal this week.

West Ham United, who partner AAA through their West Ham Foundation, allowed the charity to make collections at their home game against Chelsea on Saturday (December 4).

The work of AAA and the appeal was featured in their matchday programme and Hammers players wore AAA shirts in the pre-match warm up.

To contribute to Colin's fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/colin-grainger-3.