Council backs Toys on the Table appeal

Published on 11 December 2015

CITY mayor Peter Soulsby and deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer are lending their support to the annual Toys on the Table appeal today (Fri 11 Dec).

They will join Terry Watts and Mick Potter from Toys on the Table to add their presents to the ones generously donated by Leicester people for the annual charity campaign.

People have been donating presents at Toys on the Table collection points stationed across the city, at venues including BBC Radio Leicester, the Leicester Mercury offices, Chelsea Building Society, Knightsbridge estate agents and Fenwick’s. Anyone who would like to donate can drop off a new toy or gift before the closing date of 23 December.

Leicester City Council staff and councillors have also been donating toys at City Hall and other offices across the city.

City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I’m always pleased to lend my support to such a worthwhile cause as Toys on the Table. This charity has a long history of helping children and families to enjoy Christmas, thanks to its ethos that no child should go without a gift at this time of year. That’s an idea that everyone can get behind.

“To show our support, we were pleased to grant Toys on the Table a free five-year lease on their premises last year, safeguarding the ‘Santa’s workshop’ where all these toys are wrapped and distributed.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer said: “Year on year, the people of Leicester – including council staff – have been incredibly generous in giving to the Toys on the Table campaign. I think they all deserve our thanks, along with the volunteers who work so hard to make sure this annual appeal is always so successful.”

Toys on the Table has been running as an independent charity for the past 11 years, providing new toys and gifts for children who otherwise might not get anything for Christmas.

It runs each year over the festive season, but gifts aren't restricted to children of any particular faith.

Terry Watts, president of Toys on the Table, said: “We help nearly 4,000 children every year and we’re very grateful for all the donations we receive.

“Toys on the Table is a massive undertaking, but we have lots of volunteers and supporters who help us make this task not only worthwhile, but extremely rewarding and enjoyable.

“I’m delighted to add the city mayor and deputy city mayor’s gifts to our stock and we’re always grateful for the city council’s support. Now all we need to do is wrap all these presents and make sure they get to children who need them!”

To find out more about donating, or to nominate a child for a gift, go to