Time running out to support Toy Appeal

By Sara Bryce

Friday, December 6, 2013

 

Time running out to support Toy Appeal

Staff from the Royal Hotel, Ventnor, with their toys for the Isle of Wight Official Toy Appeal.

THE Isle of Wight Official Toy Appeal organisers are highlighting the desperate need for gifts for Island children who deserve a happy Christmas as the appeal reaches the final week.

Deborah Rooke, appeal co-founder, said: "Every toy requested is allocated to an individual child. It is therefore vital we collect enough for all of them.

"With 1,083 toys collected so far, we are still a long way off our target of 2,500 and time is running out.

Daniel Rooke added: "We know money is tight, particularly at this time of year so why not take advantage of some the great deals available in the high street and online. By shopping around you may be able to save money or possibly even donate more than one item to the Christmas Toy Appeal."

Supporting the appeal this week have been engineering and motor vehicle students from the Isle of Wight College, who raised the largest single donation to date of around £1,000 with a sponsored seven-mile walk.

West Wight Sports Centre, Red Funnel and The Royal Hotel in Ventnor have also been among the businesses to get behind the appeal.

For information, gift ideas, and a list of the drop-off points, click on the block below, or visit the appeal’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/christmastoyappeal, or follow on Twitter @ToyAppeal.

• To enter last week’s competition, hang the Official Isle of Wight Toy Appeal poster — free inside the November 29 County Press — in your window, take a photograph and e-mail it with your details and a short message about the toy appeal to Isle of Wight Radio at studio@iwradio.co.uk, for a chance to win Bestival family tickets worth up to £900.

IW College

Isle of Wight College engineering students before their sponsored walk.

Red Funnel

Red Funnel staff Ben Cooke & Leanne Hanna supporting the appeal.

• You can donate to the appeal by clicking the link below.

IOW Christmas Toy Appeal

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by D Barber

9th December 2013, at 23:16:15

Thank-you Daniel. I realised who was behind the IOW you appeal, I am just concerned that the collection boxes full of toys in Sainsburys which local people may think are going to Island Children, may actually be going to the mainland instead, if your appeal is meeting the need locally. I'd like to be wrong, but I am cynical :-(

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by C Ryan-Sammon

7th December 2013, at 18:45:52

Thank you for your explanation Daniel, clarifying the situation, much appreciated. I just wonder why it looks, here in the CP online, like its being organised by a very few local businesses, when in fact its still being organised by a very nice young couple, who's photo we saw a lot of last year, being well publicised last year, so Im wondering why we are not seeing you both and why you are not hailed as the organisers this year, I also hope this wont stop many people getting involved again, I also wonder why Sainsbury are not involved this time too.

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by Daniel Rooke

6th December 2013, at 23:47:14

I am delighted that Deborah and I can still pass as a "young couple", thank you c Ryan-Sammon. The Official IOW Christmas Toy appeal is still organised by us but we couldn't do it without the help of The County Press, IOW Radio and Bestival. We are working closely with Isle of Wight Council and more than 20 local charities and organisations plus dozens of Island businesses to ensure that we reach as many deserving IOW children as possible. Our target of 2500 would meet the needs of all 20+ organisations so we are a little confused as to what need the other appeal is trying to meet? ~ Daniel Rooke, IOW Christmas Toy Appeal Organiser.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

6th December 2013, at 18:08:27

I thought it was a young couple running this last year where I donated at Sainsbury. Why cant it just be All the Radio Stations in the south and all businesses too.
There will always be people who don't want to support an event if they see its controlled by a few, especially if they don't like one of those businesses involved. There's more than one Radio Station for the Isle of Wight why are they involved too.

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by D Barber

6th December 2013, at 16:06:46

I think it's a shame that Sainsbury's in Newport has chosen to support the Wave 105 toy appeal rather than the Isle of Wight one - although I realise that the Wave appeal does help IOW children too - is there any join-up of these services to make sure that all children are helped?

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