Deborah, left, and Daniel Rooke want to make it a good Christmas for all the children on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Peter Boam.
A GENEROUS couple are being backed by Bestival curator and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank as they launch a new Christmas toy appeal.
Daniel and Deborah Rooke, who moved to East Cowes with their three year-old daughter, Alice, in April of this year, decided to start a toy appeal after supporting one in Guildford.
Daniel, a driving instructor, said: "Rather than buy each other gifts, we would buy toys for the appeal. We were surprised there wasn’t one here."
Daniel and Deborah, a will writer, discovered 1,570 children under four, and overall 22.5 per cent of children living on the Island, are living in poverty.
Daniel said: "A social worker told us about children who had not received a present their whole lives, they had been told it’s because they hadn’t been good enough.
"We will help every charity that deals with disadvantaged children, not just those who are impoverished."
Daniel is teaching Rob da Bank’s wife, Josie, to drive, and after learning about the appeal, Rob offered Bestival Foundation’s support.
"They are doing the website and posters, they have given us a van for collections and deliveries, and use of a warehouse.
Rob added: "Living on the Island and having young children myself, this appeal is very close to my heart. It’s heartbreaking some babies and young people may not get any Christmas presents this year."
The appeal, which is backed by County Press and Isle of Wight Radio, will give presents to deserving children from babies to 16 year olds, and runs from Monday to December 14.
To donate simply buy an extra present, valued at about £10 to £20, and drop it off with any batteries it may need, unwrapped, at one of the many points around the Isle of Wight, including the County Press office on Pyle Street, Newport.
Daniel said: "We hope our appeal might just make a little difference somewhere."
• For more information and a list of drop-off points, visit www.facebook.com/ChristmasToyAppeal or www.christmastoyappeal.org