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raised of £500 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised £713 to provide funds towards the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal for needy youngsters

    East London
    Funded on Sunday, 22nd December 2019

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    I am aiming to raise funds for a special appeal that has been part of my life for 42 years. It's an appeal that is right at the heart of life in East London.

    It was all those years ago that I first helped launch the Community Links and Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal, with the organisation's co-founder and now life president Kevin Jenkins. The appeal has helped thousands of children over those years at this special time of year and the appeal is still as relevant today as it was back then.

    Over the coming two months, the Recorder and Links, and charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve are combining again for the campaign to reach out to thousands of vulnerable children, families and adults. Christmas can be a time of stress and isolation as many of our children are still living in poverty. But this appeal looks to strengthen communities and raise aspirations at this time, making Christmas special and futures brighter.

    I am proud to be a patron of the toy appeal campaign, having been part of the appeal for the Recorder as reporter, news editor, sub-editor, assistant editor, deputy editor, associate editor and then as Editor for my last 15 years at the Recorder.

    Next month will be the 42nd time I have dived in to swim 50 lengths breast stroke to help raise money for the appeal.

    The Recorder, Links and AAA are will be publishing a list of drop off points all over Newham where you can donate new toys and gifts. We need to collect 18,000 new toys - a huge challenge.

    Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, which Kevin founded three years ago and of which I am a trustee, will also be providing parties and children and theatre trips as part of the appeal.

    AAA are facilitating the appeal and all the money will be spent on new toys for the appeal, which the entire community in Newham supports.

    If you would like to give to my small effort or the wider appeal that would be great. Thank you. Details on how you can support the campaign in general will be in the Recorder every week and on their website from early November and also on my website

    Thanks again for your support



    • Colin Grainger3 years ago
      Colin Grainger

      Colin Grainger

      3 years ago

      I’ve done it! Wiped out and shoulders killing me, but the sponsored swim for the Toy Appeal for needy children is completed. Different to previous years, it was lengths 30 to 40 that were the hardest. Have so far raised 60 per cent of the £500 target so far, so you if feel like donating, please do. £500 will be converted to between 80 and 100 toys, towards the target of 18,000 toys in the huge campaign. We've raised about a quarter of that so far, and we've only a few weeks left. Thank you to everyone who has given, it is much appreciated.

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    • Colin Grainger3 years ago
      Colin Grainger

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      3 years ago
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    • Geoff Sutton

      Geoff Sutton

      Dec 19, 2019

      Well done, Colin - delighted the Toy Appeal is still going strong.


    • Gary Dowdall

      Gary Dowdall

      Dec 7, 2019

      Colin/Dave well done for donating the T Shirt and raising so much money


    • Jan


      Dec 3, 2019

      Good to read about this, Colin, well done!!

    • Angela Lewington

      Angela Lewington

      Dec 1, 2019

      Well done Colin! A superb effort.


    • Shelley Phipps

      Shelley Phipps

      Nov 30, 2019

      Well done Colin xxx


    • Sue and Jim Heale

      Sue and Jim Heale

      Nov 30, 2019

      Well done Colin From Jim & Sue


    • Bob Rogers

      Bob Rogers

      Nov 30, 2019

      Well done, can still only do half a width (with help!!!) This should put you over your total


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    I am aiming to raise funds towards a special appeal that has been part of my life for 42 years. It's an appeal that is right at the heart of life in East London.

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