Local children get sporty for Winter Toy Appeal

Children in Hackney are being urged to take part in a sponsored event to raise funds for the Winter Toy Appeal.

The event, which has been organised by eight-year-old Ben Boyt from Stoke Newington, takes place at 2pm on Sunday November 15 and children are invited to do whatever activity they like while wearing a Christmas jumper – from running to scooting, bouncing on a trampoline, cycling or skipping.

Money raised will buy toys for children experiencing extreme poverty this Christmas. Among the dozens of children taking part in the fundraiser are children from Rosemary Works School and Yoakley Road. And the event is open to everyone.

Ben’s mum Kathryn said: “We’ve supported the Winter Toy Appeal since it first started and this year, with Covid-19 making things harder for so many people, Ben wanted to do more to help. While the children can’t do their events together – I hope that by doing it at the same time on the same day and dressed in a Christmas jumper, they’ll feel part of a collective effort.