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Leicestershire firms to put Christmas Toys on the Table

Leicestershire and Rutland business members of Leicestershire Cares are to ensure thousands of children who might otherwise face a Christmas without presents do receive toys and other gifts

(L-R) Sarah Green from Leicestershire Cares, Margaret & Terry Watts from Toys on the Table, Raheema Caratella & Leona Harris from Leicestershire Cares


Leicestershire Cares has decided its 18th annual Collect for Christmas Appeal will be for the Leicester-based charity Toys on the Table. Employers from across the two counties are signing up to take part, with their workers invited to donate new toys or raise money which will be used to buy gifts.

Last Christmas Toys on the Table made sure more than 8,000 gifts were matched up with 4,000 children aged up to 16 in Leicestershire and Rutland. The children are referred to the charity by a variety of agencies and their schools.

And volunteers from Leicestershire Cares’ member firms will also be helping with the seasonal task faced each year by Toys on the Table of wrapping thousands of presents in the run up to Christmas.

Toys on the Table president Terry Watts said: “Each year we rely on the generous support of many organisations and the public. Having the additional backing of Leicestershire Cares and its members will be a massive help.

“Getting many more companies involved will make a tremendous difference to our efforts to benefit the needy children of the city and counties. They will help with collecting and donating toys and groups of their workers are joining our volunteer teams. What a superb boost for this year’s appeal.”

Since it first year in 2000, the Collect for Christmas appeal run by Leicestershire Cares has seen more than £250,000 worth of gifts and cash donated for a wide range of local charities.

The Collect for Christmas appeal was launched by Leicestershire Cares at Cedars Academy in Birstall during a briefing of the Leicestershire Cares Champions at member businesses who coordinate their staff volunteering.

Leicestershire Cares community development manager Sarah Green said: “Toys on the Table does a wonderful job each year and we know our members and their staff will enthusiastically join in to put smiles on the faces of thousands of local children on Christmas Day.”

Businesses will be encouraging their staff to donate presents and collect more from suppliers, customers, friends and family. Firms already signed up include Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, NMBS and Aggregate Industries.

Firms are being encouraged to tweet about their Collect for Christmas activity by using the hashtag #collect4christmas

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