Christmas Toy Appeal - help us make a difference

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The Official Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal is back for 2017 running from 16th November – 14th December. Founded by Deborah & Daniel Rooke to bring much-needed Christmas cheer to the Island’s less fortunate children, the Toy Appeal is powered by Bestival and supported by Isle of Wight Radio and The County Press.

Toy Appeal organiser Deborah Rooke said: ‘Once again we are asking people to dig deep and donate to try and add some Christmas sparkle to those less fortunate this year. We totally rely on the kindness of others for this and every year we are humbled and touched by just how big the Island heart is. So please, if you can, donate a toy or, if you can’t, donate a few pennies online. Whatever you can do, we are truly grateful, and on behalf of myself, Daniel and all the people behind the scenes, thank you.’

We should all be able to enjoy the happiness that Christmas brings, so, we are appealing to Islanders’ generosity to donate a brand-new toy, suitable for children up to the age of 16, at any official Appeal drop off points. Help us to spread much-needed Christmas magic to the Island’s disadvantaged children.

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Official Isle of Wight Toy Appeal drop off points can be found in the following locations:

Isle of Wight Radio
Isle of Wight County Press
Morrisons, Newport
The Entertainer Toy Shop, Newport
Mothercare, Newport
Argos, Newport
Asda, Newport
Morrisons, Lake
Toymaster, Shanklin
Tesco, Ryde
Toymaster, Ryde
West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater
Charlottes Academy, Cowes
The Fighting Cocks, Arreton
All branches of Watson, Bull & Porter.

“I would just like to say a very big thank you for all the lovely presents donated to the children who attend Beaulieu House. I know that all the gifts were gratefully received by all and would just like to thank you all from the staff and children. It means a lot”. Beaulieu House

“It’s nice to have help and support especially at Christmas being a young family. My son’s birthday is also close to Christmas and the car has failed its MOT”. Parent from Children’s Centre

“We are so amazed and delighted by our fantastic delivery of toys for the Children’s Ward from the Isle of Wight Toy Appeal! We can’t thank those that gave to the appeal enough for their kindness. You have made it possible for our island children who are facing serious illness, in hospital and in the community, to receive a special gift to lift their spirits during a difficult time”. Dionne Davies, St. Mary’s Hospital.