Toy Appeal: Mayor’s donation to provide Christmas cheer

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales (centre) with Cllrs Obaid Khan, left, and Unmesh Desai, and chi

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales (centre) with Cllrs Obaid Khan, left, and Unmesh Desai, and children from Community Links' after school club in Rokeby Street, Stratford. - Credit: Andrew Baker

The Mayor of Newham has pledged his support to the Newham Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal, handing over a donation to some of the youngsters supported by the charity.

Sir Robin Wales was joined by two of the borough’s councillors, Obaid Khan and Unmesh Desai, when he presented a collection of books, games and toys to children from Community Links’ after school club in Rokeby Street, Stratford.

The donation will help provide presents for around 4,000 underprivileged youngsters and their families, who have been referred to the Canning Town-based charity.

Sir Robin said: “This year the need is more acute than ever. I am happy to be able to do my bit to support it.

“Every Newham child matters, especially at this time of year.

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“If you are buying gifts for loved ones and friends, please add another for a child in Newham. Any support you can give the appeal would be welcomed.”

Fundraising events are taking place across the borough in the coming weeks to help buy even more gifts, with the aim of filling up a stocking for every child in need.

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Sir Robin added: “I know this time of year is particularly busy for everyone but I would ask that you spare a thought for a special appeal that is at the heart of Christmas.”

The Mayor isn’t the only one to make a donation this week, with schools and businesses organising their own collections.

Publisher Harper Collins handed over 50 books to the Toy Appeal, while the congregation at Holy Family Catholic Church held a collection last Sunday which brought in 75 new toys.

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