Colin Grainger

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 43rd year running.
And Ambition, Aspire, Achieve and the Newham Recorder would like to thank those who helped spread the joy.
We were sleighed by your kindness.
And we want to thank:
The man behind our toy warehouse:  John Murphy Managing Director Quatrro Plant Hire.
  * Some of the toys in the warehouse
Toy Collections came from: Forest School Snaresbrook E17; Bywaters;
East London Business Alliance; All Saints Writtle; Zurich Insurance; EVS – Motorbikers; Morrisons – Canning Town and Frogmore.
They were also made by: Sunshine Agencies; Funrise; Gallions Reach Shopping Park; Mick’s Discount Furniture; BAIN Capital; London Play
and River Island
A combination of Financial Contributions/Gifts were given to the appeal by Tate & Lyle Sugars; West Ham United;  CVC Advisors Ltd WC2;
Close Brothers EC2; 3i; The Financial Conduct Authority; Chelsfield;
University of East London; Work Place;  Lendlease and Bryan Cave. And Leighton Paisner’ RIP Fitness; Newham Bookshop; Irons Foodbank;
Payment Service Regulator; Reed Smith and Mae WC1 helped nudge us towards our total.
There were donations from our Core Supporters including Freemantle,
Lego, MACE and Glyn Hopkin Ltd.
And other donations came from supporters IOD Skips; Bowling Law;
Lyn Brown MP; Stephen Timms MP; Axis Foundation; Conway;  Countryside Properties; Berkeley; London Anvil; Royal Docks Trust;
John Barber and Naisgill King Asset Management.
And vital support also came from Segro; Theobald Gardiner; London Ragamuffins; Thames Water; Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths;
Swan Housing; London and Quadrant; Buckles Law; Trident Pest Control and Pitman Tozer and Colin Grainger for the money raised by his sponsored swim.
We would also like to thank John Menzies for delivering gifts.
Appeal organiser Kevin Jenkins said: “We also want to thank all the individuals who have donated cash or gifts via our online giving and gift sites or sent in donations or dropped gifts off to AAA – over the past six weeks.
“And all the volunteers who have ensured that the gifts donated have been checked, sanitised, sorted and distributed to the children.!
Kevin added: “We also thank everyone for making a difference enabling each child referred to the Christmas Toy Appeal this year to wake up on Christmas Morning to a stocking of gifts and a real Christmas Day in this the most difficult of all years.”
Pictures: Colin Grainger and Kevin Jenkins.
Cover photo: Mick and Chloe White from Mick’s Discount Furniture in Plaistow with some of the gifts they donated

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This article was written on 24 Dec 2020, and is filed under Ambition Aspire Achieve, Christmas Toy Appeal, Newham Recorder.

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