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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for a chance to win Bestival family tickets worth up to £900.
Isle of Wight College engineering students before their sponsored walk.
Red Funnel staff Ben Cooke & Leanne Hanna supporting the appeal.
• You can donate to the appeal by clicking the link below.