Toy Appeal: Olympian Christine Ohuruogu backs campaign

Christine Ohuruogu is a long term supporter of the Christmas Toy Appeal (picture: Dave Thompson/PA)

Christine Ohuruogu is a long term supporter of the Christmas Toy Appeal (picture: Dave Thompson/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Why not get involved?” That’s the question posed by Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu.

The Newham-born athlete has supported the Recorder’s Toy Appeal, in conjunction with Community Links, for a number of years and is lending her support once more to this year’s campaign.

“I got involved with the Toy Appeal a long time ago,” she said.

“I think it’s always nice this time of year for people to get involved with something that makes a big difference.”

The 31-year-old, who won gold in Beijing in 2008, said she had enjoyed visiting Community Links’ headquarters in Barking Road to launch the Toy Appeal just months after her victory.

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“I met some of the children the Toy Appeal helps,” she said.

“I think sometimes you don’t realise just how much it does make a difference to somebody who doesn’t have very much.”

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The 400m runner encouraged everyone who was able to make a donation to get behind the appeal.

“I just think it’s a really nice opportunity to help people who are less fortunate,” she said.

While there are plenty of opportunities to donate toys, books and money to the appeal through visiting one of the locations listed on the left, you can also join in by making smaller donations.

A bucket collection will take place at Rathbone Market and Canning Town station on Saturday, where you can drop in your loose change.

If you’re organising an event for the Toy Appeal, get in touch by calling 020 8477 3834 or emailing

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