Accountancy firm opens collection point for Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal

The team at Haines Watts Swindon have volunteered Old Town office reception area as a collection point for the annual Christmas Toy Appeal.

In the appeal’s six year existence, thousands of children from low income and vulnerable families have received gifts. And all donated by the people of Swindon.

‘Organiser Dawn Prosser said: ‘The aim is to bring a little hope and happiness to families struggling to give their children gifts. Well, not without resorting to loans, especially this year when the cost of living is such a challenge.’

The kindness of Swindonians

‘Due to the kindness of the town in 2021 we were able to help 373 referred families. A total of 923 children received a complete gift sack, including two main presents, a book, soft toy (0 – five year olds) and two stocking fillers!

‘It’s our belief that the need will be greater this year so we’re asking for help from all across the town.’

Anna-Marie Healy, regional marketing manager for Haines Watts South West said: ‘We were so thrilled with the response and generosity of our community last year. And this year we have a mere two weeks to gather presents to support the most needy in our town.

Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal - Anna Marie Healy
Swindon Christmas Toy Appeal – Anna Marie Healy

‘We want to do our bit to spread some joy when much of the news around us is a little gloomy. Every child deserves to smile at Christmas.’

Participating agencies

Between Monday and Friday December 2, churches, businesses, schools, and organisations will collect donations of new toys for children aged 0-16.

Agencies and participating churches and schools in the town will nominate families to receive gifts. This year, due to the lifting of Covid restrictions, families will again be able to choose gifts for their children. They can do that by visiting their chosen church venue who’ll open their doors in the Christmas run up.

Haines Watts

The Haines Watts’ office is at Old Station House, Newport Street, Swindon, SN1 3DU. Opening hours are Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. You can direct any questions to the team by calling 01793 533838.

Across the nation, Haines Watts is a top fifteen firm of Chartered Accountants. They specialise in advising and supporting business owners, individuals and not-for-profit organisations in the local area. And throughout the UK.

The firm has been at the centre of the Swindon and Wiltshire business communities for more than 25 years. For more information visit