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Council backs annual Toys on the Table appeal

Published on 07 December 2017

Toys on the Table 2017

THE ANNUAL campaign that aims to ensure that every child in Leicester has a present to unwrap at Christmas is once again being supported by the city council.

Dozens of presents have been donated to the Toys on the Table appeal by council staff, with a mountain of games, puzzles and gift sets waiting to be wrapped up and distributed to children across the city.

Thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, the charity hopes to distribute around 10,000 presents this year to children who might otherwise get nothing for Christmas.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Toys on the Table has a long history of helping children and families to enjoy Christmas and we’re always pleased to give them our support.

“Once again, city council staff have shown their generosity by donating dozens of toys, games and puzzles that will help make Christmas a little happier for children in Leicester who might otherwise have nothing to unwrap on Christmas Day."

Anyone who would like to donate a gift – which should be brand new and unwrapped – can do so until 22 December.

The charity would particularly welcome gifts for older children, with beanie hats, scarves, toiletries and cosmetic sets making great presents for teenagers.

Gifts can be dropped off at the Toys on the Table collection points at BBC Radio Leicester and in the food court at Fosse Park until Friday 22 December.

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

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

For more information, visit www.toysonthetable.org.uk