Toy Appeal: Generous businesses make a grand gesture

PUBLISHED: 14:15 29 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:15 29 November 2016

Paula Blake of Community Links accepting a cheque donation from Dave Burns of Clark Electrical Ind Ltd and Danimak Ltd

Paula Blake of Community Links accepting a cheque donation from Dave Burns of Clark Electrical Ind Ltd and Danimak Ltd


Two east London companies have teamed up to make a bumper donation to the good cause.

Clark Electrical Industries Ltd, whose offices are on Cody Road, Canning Town, and Danimak Ltd, a facilities maintenance and building services engineering contractor in Dagenham, joined forces to present a giant £1,000 cheque to this year’s Toy Appeal.

Dave Burns, from Clark Electrical, said that this was not the first time his company had got involved in the annual fundraiser.

“This is our second year giving a donation, but we have always had staff go to help wrap toys and get invited to the quiz night,” he said.

“Community Links is a good local charity and we like to support that,” Dave added - despite the fact that his company rarely does any work in Newham itself.

“It’s where we are and we want to do something for our community. “

“I’m a huge believer in karma,” the 51-year-old Barking resident said. “

If you put good out there, it comes back to you.”

If you would like to make a cash donation to the Toy Appeal, please visit You can also hand in toys and cheques to any of the drop-off points here.

Unique gifts at special market

Do your Christmas shopping and do good at a festive market held by the Greatfield Residents Association.

Head down to St George and St Ethelbert’s Church Hall in Burford Road, East Ham on Saturday December 10 from 11am onwards, and you will find wonderful gifts – as well as a Toy Appeal collection bucket.

If you would like to collect donations at an activity or event, contact to turn pennies into presents.

Old and young together in song

A choir of silver singers will be belting out the golden oldies in aid of the Toy Appeal.

Newham Super Choir, a lively singing group for those over 60, will be joining children from St Francis’ Primary School in Maryland for a special Christmas concert, where there will be a collection to raise money for the appeal.

To enjoy an evening of festive tunes, head down to St Johns Church in Broadway, Stratford on Friday, December 9 from 7pm.

Jumper for joy to help charity

Don’t forget to don your ugliest, tackiest Christmas sweater for the Toy Appeal Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 9.

Join in by donning your most festive knitwear at work or school, and donate £1 per pupil, or £5 per employee, to help Community Links buy even more toys - and don’t forget to send your pictures in to

Email for more information.

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