Colin Grainger

Drop off new toys to help the Christmas Toy Appeal

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The Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal is now up and running.

But we need to get as many gifts as possible as quickly as we can.

You can drop off toys to a number of drop-off points that have been set up to make it easier to give for the appeal run by Links and the Newham Recorder.

There are a total of 19 locations across Newham where you can drop off your offering, however small, to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the borough.

With your help, no child in Newham will wake up to an empty stocking on Christmas morning. If you can’t get out to make your donation, toys can also be collected from your home. Call Community Links on 020 7473 2270 for collections.

If you feel a little out of your depth in choosing a toy that you think a young person would like, you can send a cheque, payable to Community Links, to: Christmas Toy Appeal, Community Links, 105 Barking Road, Canning Town, E16 4HQ.

This will be usedto purchase toys.

Drop-off points are at the following locations across Newham:

  • Newham Recorder office:

The reception desk, Media House, 539 High Road, Ilford. 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays.

  • Community Links main centre:

Barking Road, Canning Town. 9am to 6pm on weekdays.

  • Community Links office:

Central Park, Centre 2, Central Park Road, East Ham. During opening hours.

  • Community Links office:

Rokeby Centre, Rokeby Street, Stratford. 9am to 6pm on weekdays.

  • Theatre Royal Stratford:

Box office. During opening hours.

  • St Mark’s Church:

Lorne Road, Forest Gate. During opening hours.

  • St Bartholomew’s Church:

Barking Road, East Ham. 9am to 4pm on weekdays.

  • East Ham Town Hall:

Barking Road. 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

  • The Old Town Hall:

Stratford Broadway. 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

  • Beckton Globe Library:

Kingsford Way, Beckton. During opening hours.

  • Canning Town Library:

Barking Road, Canning Town. During opening hours.

  • Custom House Library:

Prince Regent Lane, Custom House. During opening hours.

  • East Ham Library:

Barking Road, East Ham. During opening hours.

  • Green Street Library:

Green Street, Upton Park. During opening hours.

  • Manor Park Library:

Romford Road, Manor Park. During opening hours.

  • North Woolwich Library:

Pier Parade, North Woolwich. During opening hours.

  • Newham Archives and Local Studies Library:

The Grove, Stratford. During opening hours.

The Gate Library, Woodgrange Road, Forest Gate. During opening hours.

  • Plaistow Park Community Centre:

Queen’s Road West, Plaistow. During opening hours.

  • Barchester Westgate House Care Home:

Romford Road, Forest Gate. During opening hours.

You can make a donation to Links at their headquarters at 105, Barking Road, Canning Town, London, E164HQ, tel: (020) 7473 2270.

Please make all cheques payable to Community Links Trust,



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. Please contact Links directly.



Pictured: The Lions help launch the appeal.


Community Links Paula Blake in the empty room that needs filling with toys.


Pictures: Isabel Infantes, Newham Recorder.


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This article was written on 16 Nov 2014, and is filed under Canning Town, Charity/Third sector, Christmas, Christmas Toy Appeal, Community Links, community spirit, Newham Recorder, Toy Appeal.

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