Toy Appeal: Crafty creations to spread Christmas cheer

PUBLISHED: 15:47 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 29 November 2017

Rose Bennett's knitted donation to the Toy Appeal.

Rose Bennett's knitted donation to the Toy Appeal.


A close-knit family of soft toys will spread Christmas cheer to east London’s underprivileged children.

Rose Bennett, 66, lovingly stitched baby’s hats, dolls and cuddly animals for this year’s Toy Appeal.

“I’ve been knitting for donkey’s years,” she said, adding that she hoped “to encourage other like-minded ladies to do the same”.

The generous gifts will no doubt put a smile on many children’s faces when stockings are opened this December.

Rose first donated to the Toy Appeal nearly a decade ago when her husband George, 63, a former worker at Ford in Dagenham, was looking for toys for a collection.

The couple have since moved to Witney in Oxfordshire, but a fresh batch of goodies still make it to our door every year.

Asked why the toys made such great gifts, Rose had one more purl of wisdom.

“It’s something to cuddle and reassure,” she said.

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