10 November 2020
Accountancy firm steps up to provide collection point for Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal
The team at Haines Watts Swindon have volunteered their Old Town office reception area as a Covid safe toy appeal collection point. This is for the 2020 Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal.
Now in its 4th year, the appeal aims to provide toys for children of families in need in the town. In particular situations where parents or guardians would struggle to buy presents without resorting to loans. In that time, over 1,000 children have received presents who may not have got a gift at all. That else their parents have got themselves into debt in trying to afford Christmas.
This year, with the impact of Covid-19, there’s expected be a greater need than ever. with 20 families already referred for support by various services by the beginning of November. The highest number ever – before the official appeal launch on November 16th.
Dawn Prosser, one of the appeal’s organisers, said: “Churches across Swindon run the appeal. Its aim is to bring a little hope and happiness to families who would so struggle to find the money for presents.
“Various Swindon agencies, participating churches and schools nominate families. Last year the appeal donated around 2,000 donated toys to 134 families. That meant 353 children received presents.”
An exemplary track record
In previous years, the nominated families received an invitation to attend children’s Christmas parties. Then, while the children were being entertained, parents were able to slip aside, choose presents and wrap them during the party. That gave them the chance to offer a dignified experience. This year though there’ll be a direct delivery of presents to the families’ homes as it’s not likely that parties can go ahead.
Finding collection points for people to donate toys has also been challenging.
Anna-Marie Healy, marketing and office manager for Haines Watts Swindon, said: “We’re only too pleased to support the Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal again this year and provide a safe space for donation drop-off.
It’s such a good cause. And, for us, it matters that children in need in our town get a gift this Christmas.
“Our office reception is Covid safe. We ask any person, or business, wanting to donate toys to call us on 01793 533838 to arrange a time for dropping off.
Our office is at Old Station House, Newport Street, Swindon, SN1 3DU. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.”
New toys and gifts for children aged 0 to 16 are suitable.
The collection point at Haines Watts Swindon will be open until close of business on Friday December 4. That allows time for you to get your donations to the appeal’s HQ.