Colin Grainger

Firms and workers fantastic support for Christmas appeal


FIRMS and workers involved in the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are giving fantastic support to the Community Links and Newham Recorder Christmas Toy Appeal.

Under the umbrella of the London Legacy Development Corporation they are backing the vital campaign for a second year and amassing what Community Links hoped will be thousands of toys and money for the appeal.

Next week they are are holding a Bring a Toy to Work Day on Monday December 15 in a bid to boost the campaign.

And now Links are hoping people all over East London will adopt the idea and do the same.

Bring a toy into work or drop it off at Community Links or the Newham Recorder to help us reach our target of 15,000 toys for needy youngsters.

Those pledging support for the appeal who have signed up to help via the appeal run by those working in construction and re-construction of the park include DBI, Taylor Wimpey, L&Q, AW Lifting, Imperium Electrical, Jackson, Carmichael, Spadeoak, Laing O’Rourke, Skanska, BAM, Willerby, Balfour Beatty, Creative Consulting, Clearstone.

Taylor Wimpey Project director Andrew Harrington said: “We are delighted to support the appeal. The word is spreading to all contractors and sub contractors. This is a simple and fanstatic opportunity for those working in the local neighbourhood to make a direct impact on a child’s happiness at Christmas.”

A grotto is bet set up at West Ham United’s new home at the Olympic Stadium to provide a base for the gifts from children aged three months to 14.





Once donated to Community Links, volunteers will match every toy to a child.

The Mace Group, who are co-ordonating the campaign, have already a team of “occupational elves” to deliver the goods.

Links co-founder Kevin Jenkins said:”This is a simply brilliant effort and we are so greatful to all those who are helping us at the Olympic Park.”

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This article was written on 09 Dec 2014, and is filed under Canning Town, Christmas Toy Appeal, Community Links, community spirit, Newham Recorder, Queen Elizabeth Park.

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