Winter Toy Appeal reaches 4,500 children in poverty

December 19, 2019

 

 

It has been a record year for a Winter Toy Appeal that delivers gifts to children experiencing extreme poverty in North and East London.

 

This year the appeal, which is run by the Local Buyers Club in partnership with Location Location, has collected enough toys for around 4,500 children and a massive amount of food for Hackney Foodbank.

 

Vicky Bibiris, who helps to run the appeal, said: “It was touch and go there for a while – with just a week to go we didn’t have enough toys to meet the demand! But the public was quick to respond to our calls for more donations and, in the end, we had more toys than ever. As a result, we’ve been able to expand our reach and take referrals from agencies we haven’t previously worked with.

 

“It’s wonderful to know that on Christmas morning thousands of children who have had the hardest of years, will have a special gift to open thanks to the kindness of strangers. The quality of gifts this year has been extraordinary.”

 

Children throughout Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Tower Hamlets will receive a gift, which are distributed via schools, hostels, refuges, children’s centres, temporary accommodation teams and food banks.  Around 2,700 toys were distributed via the Ivy Street Family Centre to children in need in Hackney. 

 

Basil Fansa, of the Local Buyers Club, added: “Thousands of children in London are enduring unimaginable poverty. The system is clearly broken but, until things change, it’s wonderful that communities pull together to support local food banks and to give to appeals like this one. We’d like to thank everyone who donated.”

 

 (Just some of the toys donated by the public) 

 

The appeal had widespread support from local primary schools, including Benthal, William Patten, Grasmere, Betty Layward, Tyssen, St Paul’s Steiner School, Rosemary Works and Charterhouse Square and from local nurseries including N16 Tots, Sandbrook and N is for Nursery.

 

Among the companies supporting the appeal were Kitchen Provisions, Earlybird Cards, Mace Group, Bloomsbury Publishers, Aptum and the NSPCC and money was also raised by shoppers attending Stoke Newington’s recent Christmas shopping event.

 

The Winter Toy Appeal has been running for six years.

LOVE INDEPENDENT LONDON? JOIN THE CLUB!

 

 We're on a mission to keep London's communities thriving. 

 

Join the Local Buyers Club and, for just £12 per year, you'll be helping to support independent business and you'll benefit from over 150 discounts of 10 to 25%.

 

We help spread the word about great independents and raise awareness of the advantages of shopping locally.

 

We also organise and support community initiatives.

 

But we can only do it with the support of our wonderful members. 

 

Click to find out how it works and JOIN THE CLUB

 

 

If you're a great independent business in London and would like to find out more about joining the Club please email team@localbuyersclub.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Recent Posts
Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Basic Square
Featured in

Helping you live local for less

The Local Buyers Club has four very simple goals: to highlight & support London’s best independent & small-chain businesses, to save you money, to better connect communities and to support local projects benefiting those in need.

Islington-Gazette_edited.png
About Us 
Terms & Conditions
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Cookie Policy
Sister site: My Virtual Neighbourhood
2020 Copyright: Local Buyers Club Ltd. All rights reserved.
Follow Us:
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
LOVE LOCAL LONDON? GET THE LATEST...