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Deborah’s talented young to sparkle for Christmas Toy Campaign

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Talented young people are helping to raise money for the Christmas Toy Appeal that is at the heart of life in Newham.

Deborah Day Theatre School Trust’s Christmas Delight is taking place at the Brampton Manor Academy Theatre, in  Roman Road, East Ham, with all proceeds going to the Community Links and Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal.

The appeal needs to provide around 15,000 new toys for youngsters in Newham in time for Christmas Day and was officially launched this week.

More than 150 youngsters are taking part in the show on Sunday November 30 at 2.30pm.

The show will be a spectacular show of seasonal dance and song.

All tickets are £10.

Contact Deborah Day on (020) 8502 6866 or or Kevin Jenkins, co-founder of Community Links on (020) 7473 9685.



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More news from the appeal this week…concerning the quiz event of the year.

One of the most popular events is the Toy Appeal Quiz night – the night when great quiz brains battle it. This quiz is held on Thursday December 4 at Community Links at their headquarters in Barking Road, Canning Town.

The annual quiz is both a guaranteed brilliant night out with non-stop fun and excellent quizzing as well as helping to make a real difference at Christmas time for the areas most disadvantaged children.

The winning team will become the proud holders of the Maureen Allen Challenge Trophy.  For the past three years Newham Blips have held the trophy – 2014 could be the year their hold is finally broken and a new team becomes our trophy holder.  Why don’t you try and be that team?

The cost of a table is £75 for up to eight players.  Every penny of the £75 goes directly to purchasing toys to help fill empty Christmas stockings on Christmas Eve for all the children referred to Links.

As well as winning the much coveted trophy, each member of the winning team will receive a bottle of wine.

You are welcome to bring your own drinks and food.  There will be a fundraising raffle on the night also.  Doors open at 7pm and the first question will be at 7.30pm.

Contact Kevin Jenkins on (020) 7473 2270.



Finally for now, I’ll be doing my 50-length sponsored swim for the appeal at the end of November., the 38th time I have done it …which is not bad for an old un like me. My body may be 60 but my mind is still 28, so hopefully that will see me through.

If you feel like sponsoring me and helping me top the £15,000 barrier over that time period feel free to send me a donation. You can email me for my address at, or send any donations direct to Kevin Jenkins. Many thanks

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