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    Weʼve raised £942 to Raise funds for a vital annual Christmas appeal

    East London, England
    Funded on Wednesday, 14th February 2024

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    I AM again raising funds for a special appeal that has been part of my life in for 46 years...a campaign that is right at the heart of life in Newham, East London.

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

    I know we have a cost of living crisis and I'm sure money is tight for everyone reading this . But if you can support us it would be wonderful.

    Two years ago Kevin passed away and the trustees of charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, of which I am one, decided to rename the appeal in his memory. It is The Kevin Jenkins MBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal.

    Over the coming two and a half months, Ambition, Aspire, Achieve (AAA) and the local paper, Newham Recorder are joining forces for the campaign to bring joy to thousands of vulnerable children, families and adults.

    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 in many roles from reporter to Editor during my 40 plus years at the Recorder. I have remained part of it as a patron since I left almost 11 years ago.

    This will also be the 46th 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. I am also just recovering from a hernia operation. But I am determined to do it again in December, and have been training for three weeks.

    AAA and the Recorder 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 has officially launched.

    Three West Ham United stars did the honours this week. All the details are on AAA's website, Our Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram pages and in the Recorder. There are also details on my website at and on my Facebook, X and Instagram accounts.

    Ambition, Aspire, Achieve 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.

    Details on how you can support the campaign in general will be in the Recorder print edition each week and on their website and also on the social media links already mentioned. with direct links to giving and to an Amazon wish list.

    Thanks again for your support

    * Cover picture: Adam Toon.



    • Colin Grainger7 months ago
      Colin Grainger

      Colin Grainger

      7 months ago

      I feel like I won't be able to walk for a week and I'm aching all over - but I've done it! I've completed by sponsored swim for the Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy Appeal 2023. It's the 46th year in a row I've done the swim. Thanks to everyone at the Sapphire Leisure Centre for their support and allowing me extra minutes to complete the swim. If you feel like supporting Ambition, Aspire, Achieve's Toy Appeal campaign please do. Every pound you donate will be spent on new toys for the campaign to spread joy to young people. Thank you.

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    • Susan Smith, Paul Jenkinson, Lucy and Molly

      Susan Smith, Paul Jenkinson, Lucy and Molly

      Dec 22, 2023

      Well done Colin! A really tremendous achievement yet again! What a superstar you are. 🌟 XX


    • Deirdre Kennedy

      Deirdre Kennedy

      Dec 7, 2023

      Well done Colin!


    • Anonymous


      Dec 4, 2023

      This donation came from a 90-year-old pensioner I met in the street on Saturday who gave me some of her pension money. She read about my swim in the Newham Recorder and knew it was my 46th swim!

    • Jimbo smith

      Jimbo smith

      Dec 3, 2023

      Keep up the good work mate


    • Si-Ling


      Dec 3, 2023

      Well done!


    • Tracey Church

      Tracey Church

      Dec 2, 2023

      Amazing Colin - so proud of you! Xx


    • Rosie Murdoch

      Rosie Murdoch

      Dec 1, 2023

      Colin you're the Sonny of Newham, dedicated to the team and keep on hitting the back of the net. Well done 👍


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    Colin Grainger

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    I am Colin Grainger, freelance journalist and former Editor of the Newham Recorder and five other newspapers, and a former sub editor with The Guardian. I am a founding trustee of charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve.

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