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The Tunbridge Wells Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal for 2016 

Tunbridge Wells Christmas events

With Christmas fast approaching, I’m starting to panic slightly about which presents to buy for my boys as well as everything I need to do to try to have a fantastic family Christmas. But what about the parents who literally don’t any have money to buy presents for their little ones? The parents who are struggling to even put food on the table?

Thankfully the Toy Appeal, which has been supported by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells for nearly 30 years, is back again this year. Mayor David Neve is backing the 2016 Appeal which is accepting donations at designated collection points from now up until 15 December – ensuring disadvantaged children in the borough are not without presents at Christmas time.

Last year the Toy Appeal helped 205 children have a happier Christmas. A worker who delivered the toys to a family described how a mother cried when she received the gifts. She said she could never afford to buy her child anything new but now, thanks to the generosity of others and their lovely presents she was able to give her a brand new Christmas gift.

New collection points this year include toy shop Whirligig (in central Tunbridge Wells) who will also be donating to the Appeal and Notcutts Garden Centre, Pembury. The different collection points are:

● Baldwin’s Travel Agency
● Barsley’s Department Store, Paddock Wood
● Big Yellow Self Storage, Longfield Road
● Bowlplex, Knights Park
● Kent & Sussex Courier
● Notcutts Garden Centre, Pembury
● Pembury Library (Closed Mondays)
● Sainsbury’s Local, Mount Pleasant
● Southborough Library (Closed Thursdays)
● The Camden Centre
● The Town Hall
● Town & Country Housing, Monson Way
● Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery
● Tunbridge Wells Sport Centre
● Weald Information Centre, Cranbrook
● Weald Sports Centre, Cranbrook
● Whirligig

Gift tags with ideas can be found at the giving trees in the following places:

● Assembly Hall Theatre
● Hotel du Vin
● Royal Victoria Place
● St George’s CC Project
● Trinity Theatre
● Tunbridge Wells Sport Centre
● Tunbridge Wells Gateway

Many of the local schools organise toy giving assemblies too and several Tunbridge Wells churches hold toy services as well as businesses and staff groups joining forces to donate gifts.

All the gifts are transferred to the Big Yellow Self Storage depot at Longfield Road, Tunbridge Wells. Karen Collins, one of the organisers of the appeal said: ‘At Big Yellow we have around 20 volunteers working hard to make sure the children receive appropriate gifts that we know Father Christmas would approve of. Please help us by donating to the Appeal.’

The Mayor’s Christmas Toy Appeal is please to receive new or as-new gifts for children of all ages including teenagers, but they politely request that cuddly toys are not donated.

Tunbridge Wells Mayor's Christmas Toy Appeal