Accountancy firm opens collection point for Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal 2021

Christmas Toy Appeal Collection Point Open
The team at Haines Watts Swindon have again volunteered their Old Town office reception area as a collection point for the 2021 Swindon Christmas toy appeal.

In its 5th year, the appeal aims to provide new toys for Swindon children in need whose parents or guardians would struggle to buy presents without resorting to loans.

Last year alone, more than 700 children in 265 families, who may not have got a gift at all, received presents. Last year’s appeal was the most successful ever. More volunteers stepped up to help with wrapping and delivering almost 6,000 donated presents. Further, the £10,000 donated as cash bought more presents.

A great need

This year, with the continued impact of Covid-19, it’s expected that the need will be greater than ever.

Dawn Prosser, one of the appeal’s organisers, said: ‘churches across Swindon run this appeal. Its aim is to bring hope and happiness to families who would otherwise struggle to find the money for gifts.’

‘Agencies, participating churches and schools, serving Swindon nominate families. We’re hoping that this year we’ll be able to hold a Christmas party for children and their families. But this is subject to Covid19 restrictions.’

Christmas Toy Appeal Collection Point Open -  Anna-Marie Healy, office manager of Haines Watts Swindon
Anna-Marie Healy, office manager of Haines Watts Swindon who will be coordinating the company’s support for the 2021 Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal.

The Haines Watts team

The team at Haines Watts Swindon have collected toys and donations for the appeal for the last few years. They’re able to do this in a Covid-secure way. Anna-Marie Healy, regional marketing manager for Haines Watts South West said: ‘The response and generosity of our community blew us away last year.

The team at Haines Watts Swindon have collected toys and donations for the appeal for the last few years. They’re able to do this in a Covid-secure way. Anna-Marie Healy, regional marketing manager for Haines Watts South West said: ‘The response and generosity of our community blew us away last year.

‘We alone received three carloads of donations. And seeing the total amount at HQ was quite emotional.

‘Everyone I spoke to last year simply wanted to make a difference after such a turbulent time through the pandemic. And it’s great to see donations have already started coming in this year. Every child deserves to smile at Christmas and so do those that are bringing them up.’

‘We’re only too pleased to support the Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal again this year and provide a safe space for people to drop donations to off from Monday November 1. Our office reception is Covid safe. We would ask anyone wanting to donate new toys to call us on 01793 533838 to arrange a time for dropping off.

Location, location, location

‘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 for donations until close of business on Friday December 3. That’s to allow time to deliver the donations to the appeal’s HQ.

At a national level, Haines Watts is a top 15 firm of chartered accountants. They specialise in advising and supporting business owners, individuals and not-for-profit organisations locally and throughout the UK. The firm has been at the centre of the Swindon and Wiltshire business communities for the last 25 years. For more information visit https://www.hwca.com/accountants-swindon/