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City mayor and deputy city mayor support Toys on the Table

Published on Thursday, December 8, 2016

CITY mayor Peter Soulsby and deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer are showing their support for Leicester’s annual Toys on the Table charity appeal today (Thur 8 Dec).

They joined Bill Bowley from Toys on the Table to add their presents to the ones generously donated by local people.

Toys on the Table is an independent charity which provides new toys and Christmas gifts for children who otherwise might not get anything.

It runs each year over the festive season, but gifts aren't restricted to children of any particular faith.

People have been donating presents at Toys on the Table collection points across the city, at venues including shops, council buildings, the Leicester Mercury offices and Radio Leicester. Anyone who would like to donate can drop off a new toy or gift before the closing date of 22 December.

Leicester City Council staff and councillors have been donating toys at City Hall and other offices across the city. Last year, they donated more than 330 toys to the campaign.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Toys on the Table is a local charity to be proud of. Its simple aim – to ensure that no child goes without a present at Christmas – is something everyone can get involved with. That’s why I’m delighted to once again be lending Toys on the Table my support, and I wish them every success with their 2016 campaign.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer added: “Year on year, the people of Leicester have been incredibly generous in giving to the Toys on the Table campaign. I think they all deserve our thanks, along with the volunteers who work so hard to make sure this annual appeal is always so successful.”

Bill Bowley, chairman of Toys on the Table, said: “Last year, we gave out toys to nearly 4,000 children, and this year it looks like we will exceed that by ten per cent.  

“These gifts make a huge difference to families and we’re so grateful for all the donations we receive, as well as for the support we get from our wonderful volunteers, and from businesses and organisations including the city council.”

To find out more about donating, or to nominate a child for a gift, go to