Mayor’s Toy Appeal
Toy Appeal to help disadvantaged children underway
An appeal that will give the children of Banbury’s needy familes a merry Christmas is underway this week. The Toy Appeal was launched by town mayor Councillor John Colegrave. It will enable youngsters who wouldn’t normally receive presents to wake up on Christmas Day to find parcels at their bedsides.
Councillor Colegrave is asking residents to donate toys which will be distributed by staff at the town’s children’s centres who will make sure the gifts go to the right homes.
Toys – which can be new or second hand in excellent condition – can be donated at Banbury Town Hall between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday, and from 9am to midday on the Friday this week. The toys should be suitable for boys and girls aged from toddler to teenager.
Councillor Colegrave said: “Some families in Banbury, for various reasons, have no money to spend on presents for their children, and cannot, therefore, make Christmas Day the special occasion that others take for granted.
“Over many years, generous people in Banbury and the surrounding area have come forward to help those families. Once again this year the appeal is important to those who cannot give their children a ‘real’ Christmas.”
He added: “The gifts will make a fantastic difference to children whose school friends would have had lots of presents.”
The Mayor’s Annual Toy Appeal will run from Monday 25 November until Friday 29 November. Banbury Town Council has organised the appeal for the past 18 years.