Toy Appeal: Mayor and Young Mayor hand over gifts

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales and the Young Mayor of Newham Alex Jarrett donate to the Christm

The Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales and the Young Mayor of Newham Alex Jarrett donate to the Christmas Toy Appeal - Credit: Archant

The Christmas Toy Appeal received a boost this week when not just one mayor but two handed over a selection of gifts.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, was joined by the borough’s Young Mayor, Alex Jarrett, at the council’s Dockside offices to present the gifts to children from Community Links’ Arc in the Park play scheme.

The appeal has been running for nearly 40 years and the mayor has been a long term supporter of it.

He said: “We know that times are tough for many of our residents and I am delighted to once again be able to do my bit to support this very worthwhile appeal.

“This is a very busy time of year, but I would urge everyone to spare a thought for those children who without this appeal will have no gifts this Christmas.

“It doesn’t take much to add one more toy to the list when buying gifts for your loved ones.”

The presents donated will be used to provide Christmas cheer to underprivileged children in the borough.

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Kevin Jenkins, life president of Community Links, said: “I am delighted that the Mayor of Newham is once again supporting the appeal.

“Whatever help people can give to the appeal would be truly appreciated and help to make Christmas Day this year a real Christmas Day for our areas most needy children.”

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