Members of the Caterpillar Music Group raised more than £300 to buy toys for the appeal. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
AS THE Isle of Wight Toy Appeal enters its last week, Islanders have been asked for one last push to bring Christmas to the Island’s most deserving children.
The appeal, which has been supported by the County Press, Isle of Wight Radio, Rob da Bank and the Bestival Foundation, has collected hundreds of toys for needy children from babies to teenagers, and closes at noon next Friday (December 14).
Deborah Rooke said: "Daniel and I would like to thank all those who have donated so far and remind anyone who hasn’t that there is still time.
"With so many children who could benefit from this appeal, we want to have one really big push for the final week to see if we can beat our target. For some children, Christmas might not otherwise arrive at their house."
Some groups around the Island have held events to raise money to buy toys, including Maggie Carberry and her Caterpillar Music Group for babies and young children, who raised £301.65.
She said: "We decided to ask for cash donations so we could then purchase the toys on behalf of the parents and children. This meant we could mainly target the age group most in need of toys, the teenage boys.
"I am delighted that, especially at this time of year, everyone was so generous at all our classes. It’s been heart-warming to watch the children put their pennies into the box."
The charities the appeal hopes to help include The Children’s Society, St Mary’s Hospital, The Isle of Wight Foodbank, Women’s Refuge Centre, Salvation Army, and the YMCA Young Carers Scheme, among others.
Deborah said: "When you are out Christmas shopping this week please spare a thought for those less fortunate. Buy an extra gift and take it to one of our many drop off points, we will wrap it for you and deliver it in time for Christmas.
"Let’s make Christmas special for as many Island children as possible."
For present ideas and where to find a drop off point, visit www.christmastoyappeal.org