Toy story helps Mayor find home for his Christmas present appeal

What the garden looked like before
Karen Collins co-ordinator of the Toy Appeal

The newspaper previously reported how the scheme, which last year provided around 1,500 gifts for disadvantaged children in Tunbridge Wells borough, needed a larger location – having outgrown its hub inside The Big Yellow Self Storage Company.

And within a few days, appeal co-ordinator Karen Collins was contacted by Royal Victoria Place Manager Nicky Blanchard who offered a room in the shopping centre as a place to house and sort the donated toys before they are delivered.

Mrs Collins said she is ‘delighted’ with the space, which allows easy access for deliveries and a ‘huge’ amount of space.

“A few offers came in after the article was published and we have also had more volunteers come forward,” she said.

“We are now working away on some of the Toy Appeal practicalities and we are all set to launch on November 8, when our website and Amazon Wishlist goes live.”

Mayor Len Horwood is fronting this year’s appeal, which has been operating in Tunbridge Wells since 1989. Youngsters aged 0-17 from disadvantaged backgrounds are selected to receive gifts, which are donated at drop-off points around town.

Last year was the busiest on record with 500 children supported. A list of this year’s drop-off points will be published when the scheme is officially launched ­­next month.

To find out how you can volunteer or donate to the appeal, call Mrs Collins on 077480 74811 or email:

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