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Council backs annual Toys on the Table appeal

Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019

Toys on the Table

THE ANNUAL campaign that aims to ensure that every child in Leicester and Leicestershire has presents to unwrap at Christmas is once again being supported by the city council.

Hundreds of presents have been donated to the Toys on the Table appeal by council staff, with a mountain of brand new games, puzzles and gift sets waiting to be wrapped up and distributed to children across the city.

Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, the charity hopes to distribute more than 15,000 presents this year to around 3,500 children who might otherwise get nothing for Christmas.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Toys on the Table has an amazing history of helping children and families to enjoy Christmas and we’re always pleased to give them our support.

“Once again, city council staff have shown their generosity by donating hundreds of brand new toys, games and puzzles that will help make Christmas a little happier for children in Leicester who might otherwise have nothing to unwrap on Christmas Day."

Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell said: “Toys on the Table do incredible work, taking referrals from our social work and early help teams, health visitors, schools and food banks to help families have a better Christmas.

“They need toys and books for babies right through to teenagers, so if you are able to help by buying a suitable gift, please do so.

“Your gift may be the only one a child receives this Christmas.”

Anyone who would like to donate a gift – which should be brand new and unwrapped – can do so until Sunday 15 December, although the charity is always ready to accept donations at any time throughout the year.

The charity would particularly welcome gifts suitable for children aged two and under, and for those aged eight and above. Gifts for teenagers are also always required.

Ideas include baby rattles, teething toys and soft building blocks for babies, or Lego, craft packs and board games for older children. Beanie hats, scarves and cosmetic sets make good gifts for teenagers.

Gifts can be dropped off at any Toys on the Table collection point, which include BBC Radio Leicester and the Visit Leicester information centre on Gallowtree Gate.

Toys on the Table has been running as an independent charity for more than 16 years, providing new toys and gifts for children who otherwise might not get anything for Christmas.

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

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Photo caption: City Mayor Peter Soulsby hands over gifts donated by city council staff to Bill Bowley from Toys on the Table