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Colin Grainger

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raised of £700 target by 35 supporters

Weʼre raising £700 to Aid vital annual Christmas Toy Appeal

Newham, London
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I’m raising funds for a special appeal that has been part of my life in Newham for 44 years...a campaign that is right at the heart of life in East London.

It was all those years ago that I first helped launch the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal, with founder Kevin Jenkins. The appeal has helped tens of thousands of children over those years and is still as relevant today as it was back then.

This year is especially poignant for all of us who are involved. For Kevin, who started the appeal all those years ago, passed away earlier this year. He founded charity Ambition, Ambition, Achieve five years ago, and was co-founder of charity Community Links.

We have renamed the appeal in his memory, and it will now be forever known as The Kevin Jenkins MBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal.

Over the coming two months, the Newham Recorder, and charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve supported by Community Links, are joining forces for the campaign to bring joy 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 during my 40+ years at the Recorder. I have remained part of it as a patron since I left almost nine years ago.

Next month will also be the 44th time I have dived in to swim 50 lengths breast stroke to help raise money for the appeal...quite a tough ask given my COPD. But I am determined to do it again in December.

The Recorder, AAA and Links will be featuring how to donate new toys or money and take part in our campaign generally to get new toys and gifts. We need to collect 15,000 new toys - a huge challenge. The appeal officially launches in the Newham Recorder on November 10.

Charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, of which I am a trustee, will be providing toys and much more for children and their families as part of the appeal.

If you would like to give to my small effort or the wider appeal that would be great. Thank you. Every pound give is immediately spent on gifts. 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 and also on AAA's social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks again for your support

* Thanks to Molly at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre for taking the cover picture for the 2021 appeal.

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  • Colin Grainger2 months ago
    Colin Grainger

    Colin Grainger

    2 months ago

    I've done it! My neck feels like it is stuck in a vice and my chest and legs are aching, but the Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal sponsored swim is done. It was the hardest one I've done in over 40 years. Perhaps I''ll have to admit the body isn't quite what it used to be! We've raised just over half of the £700 target, so you can donate, the link is here. We are also half way through the main appeal. And we still need thousands of toys in just three weeks, Thank you to everyone who has given, it is much appreciated.

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  • Colin Grainger2 months ago
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    Colin Grainger

    2 months ago

    Third training session completed. Despite my injured leg and foot I'm up to 20 lengths , so almost on target. Last week my granddaughter Laura gave me a few tips. On we go!

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  • Patricia Bassett

    Patricia Bassett

    Dec 10, 2021

    Well done Colin


  • Donation from friend

    Donation from friend

    Dec 7, 2021

    Well done mate. Fantastic achievement.


  • Sean Myers and Paul Coker

    Sean Myers and Paul Coker

    Dec 6, 2021

    Well done mate . All the best . COYS


  • Susan Smith, Paul Jenkinson, Lucy and Molly

    Susan Smith, Paul Jenkinson, Lucy and Molly

    Dec 6, 2021

    Well done Colin! A fantastic achievement as always for a truly great cause. Your super efforts will make a huge difference to so many children again this Christmas. X


  • Shelley Phipps

    Shelley Phipps

    Dec 2, 2021

    Well done Colin 🤗🤗🤗


  • John Green

    John Green

    Dec 2, 2021

    We’ll done Colin!


  • Linda Payne

    Linda Payne

    Dec 2, 2021

    Well done Colin ❤


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Colin Grainger

Colin Grainger

Newham, London

Freelance journalist, Editor, sub-editor, writer and family man. Trustee of charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve . Co-founder of Heritage Newham - People, Places, Progress. Twitter @ColinAGrainger Facebook: Colin Grainger

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