Colin Grainger

Christmas Toy Appeal

Simply the best: The final days of our Christmas Toy Appeal – and our Roll of Honour

Oh Oh Oh, it’s magic. You know. Thank you to all those who contributed to the forty fourth Christmas Toy Appeal for youngsters who would otherwise have gone without. We could not have done it […]

Dec, 29

Sleighed by your kindness! Appeal shows the true spirit of Christmas

Sleighed by your kindness! The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Newham as the appeal at the heart of our community reached its target last night. The Kevin Jenkins OBE Newham Christmas Toy […]

Dec, 22

Help us spread Christmas joy to those who need it most

Since I wrote about the difficult times communities have faced 12 months ago, there have been some reasons to be cheerful but many to give us the view of continuing challenging times. Just when the […]

Nov, 10

Farewell Kevin – the true great who enriched the lives of so many

If you are lucky in life you get to meet one truly great person. I met mine more than 40 years ago. It was Kevin Jenkins. Kevin Jenkins was the most remarkable man I have […]

Apr, 09

The Christmas Toy Appeal Roll of Honour: Thank you for making a difference

Almost three thousand children will wake up to some Christmas gifts tomorrow – thanks to the joy provided by a remarkable campaign in the community. The Newham Christmas Toy Appeal met its target for the […]

Dec, 24

Sponsored swim for Newham Toy Appeal completed – now please help our campaign

I’ve done it! Absolutely cream crackered but for the 43rd year I’ve managed to complete the sponsored swim for the Newham Christmas Toy Appeal. If you feel you can support the vital campaign run by […]

Dec, 05

Our toughest ever challenge – launch of the vital annual appeal to save Christmas for local young people

It’s going to be a tough ask in these unprecedented times. Never before have we kicked off the vital appeal that has been a bit part of local life for 43 years in the middle […]

Nov, 17

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