Bringing gifts to those that might go without

TOY STORY Former Mayor Chris Woodward (left) with organiser Karen Collins

THE MAYOR’S Toy Appeal opened this weekend, collecting presents through its Amazon Wishlist, or asking people to buy locally and drop off at various spots around the area.

For three decades, the appeal has been ensuring disadvantaged children in the borough receive presents, which also offers hard-pressed parents a relief from the pressures of the season.

Toys come by way of donations, either in cash or new toys bought by generous residents.

Last year, the Toy Appeal ensured 550 Tunbridge Wells children that may have gone without a gift from Santa received something to open on Christmas Day.

Each child was given a main present, ranging from Lego sets and soft toys to radio-controlled cars and Barbie dolls, along with a number of stocking fillers.

The appeal runs until December 10, and cannot accept second-hand toys, guns or candles.

Drop off points include: Maddisons (The Pantiles), The Amelia Scott, Barsleys (Paddock Wood), St George’s Childcare (Chilston Road), Royal Victoria Place (Tunbridge Wells)

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