Christmas Toy Appeal 2018: MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown give their contribution

PUBLISHED: 09:53 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 December 2018

Stephen Timms handing over his cheque to Paula Blake from the appeal. Picture: Ken Mears

Stephen Timms handing over his cheque to Paula Blake from the appeal. Picture: Ken Mears


As the toy appeal reaches its’ midway point, Newham’s MPs have chipped in with a generous donation.

East Ham MP Stephen Timms and West Ham’s representative, Lyn Brown, have long been supporters of the appeal, and this year was no different.

They both presented cheques to Paula Blake from the appeal, with each penny being turned into toys for children on Christmas Day.

Stephen Timms said: “I am delighted to be supporting the toy appeal again this year.

“It’s needed more than ever, and always brings joy to children who sometimes don’t get much chance of joy.”

Lyn Brown said the appeal is still important after 41 years – especially for children who don’t know why they might not receive presents on Christmas Day.

She said: “At this time of year I am always reminded of a little boy in Forest Gate Library who asked me why Santa Claus forgot him last year, because he’d tried very hard to be a good boy.

“He genuinely couldn’t work out what he’d done that was so bad that Father Christmas didn’t come. That little boy came to me as he wanted me to tell Father Christmas that this year he’d tried even harder to be good and ask him to leave him a present on Christmas Day.

“This is the reason I am so very grateful to all who give to the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal every year, to make sure all our children can wake up to something in their stocking.

“This is Community Links’ and The Recorder’s 41st year of organising this appeal, and I am grateful to them for doing so and involving me in this work. So please, if you are able, donate a toy or some money to the appeal so every child in Newham wakes up to a little something on Christmas Day.”

Donations are coming thick and fast, but we’re not at that 18,000 target yet, so any further toys are welcome. Every toy could help make a difference to a disadvantaged child on Christmas morning.

To give a monetary donation, visit, or give a toy at one of our drop-off points.

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