Isle of Wight answers toys for Christmas call

By Sara Bryce

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012 - 08:33


Isle of Wight answers toys for Christmas call

Sam Fancourt, left, and Helen Marsay with the bin of toys in the County Press reception. Picture by Peter Boam.

THE donation bins for the Isle of Wight Christmas toy appeal have been filling up as generous Islanders donate toys to deserving children.

The appeal, which is being supported by Rob da Bank and the Bestival Foundation, as well as the Isle of Wight County Press and Isle of Wight Radio, was started by husband and wife team Daniel and Deborah Rooke.

Deborah said: "Although the appeal was launched only on Friday, we have had such an overwhelming response from the public. It’s going fantastically. "

She added: "We have been asked about the suggested value of the toys and why we have set it at £10-plus. Although this is only a suggestion, we do also ask people to bear in mind that for some of these children, it may be the only present they get this Christmas.

"A number of the supermarkets on the Isle of Wight are doing reduced toys and offers which give people the opportunity to donate a toy at very little extra cost."

The appeal, which runs until December 14, is aiming to give presents to children from babies to 16 years old and has made suggestions of suitable gift ideas for the older children, including gadgets, creative and scientific toys, construction sets, radio-controlled toys, CDs and DVDs.

Toys from the appeal will be distributed through the Foodbank, St Mary’s Hospital, The Children’s Society, Spurgeons, YMCA, The Women’s Refuge and Homestart, among many others.

So far an estimated 170 presents have been donated.

Deborah said: "Since we have started talking to more and more charities, it has become clear the number of gifts we need has far exceeded our initial targets and that is why we really need people to dig deep this Christmas and just give a little bit extra to those who are less fortunate.

"We would like to thank everyone for their support. This appeal is so important as it is an Island appeal for Island children."

To find out more about how to donate a toy go to

•See next the November 30, County Press, for our first toy total.



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