Tunbridge Wells Mayor calls upon town to support festive appeal for toys and games

    MEMBERS of the public are invited to support the town’s less fortunate families by donating to the Tunbridge Wells Mayor’s Toy Appeal.

    The Christmas campaign, which has been held every year since 1989, helps bring joy to local children during what can be a financially difficult time of year.

    Mayor Julia Soyke is encouraging residents to drop off toys and games at collection boxes positioned around the town from now until December 14.

    A spokesman said: “The families in need are referred to us by various agencies, including social services, health visitors, the local women’s shelters, schools and churches.

    “The aim is to provide the children with a few presents each for -Christmas Day.”

    Arts and crafts kit, football accessories and branded toys are among the items on a wish list that can be seen on the appeal website and also on Amazon.

    The spokesman added: “Some venues will feature Christmas trees with tags that offer ideas for suitable gifts within a specific age range.

    “We then hope people will donate new toys and deposit them at these collection points, where they are then distributed.”

    The toy appeal is additionally supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and The Big Yellow Self Storage Company.

    To see the complete wish list, and also find a list of suitable items available on the Amazon website, visit www.twmta.co.uk

    Where you can drop off gifts

    Big Yellow Self Storage, Longfield Road; Kent & Sussex Courier, Calverley Road; Sainsbury’s Local, Mount Pleasant; The Camden Centre, Market Square; Town Hall; Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery; Town & Country Housing Group (mornings only); Sports Centre, St John’s Road; Whirligig Toys, Mount Pleasant Road; Pembury Library and Southborough Library.

    There are also Giving Trees, where you can wrap gifts on site, at: Royal Victoria Place; Assembly Hall; Hotel Du Vin; Lexus, Dowding Way; St George’s Childcare, Chilston Road; Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells Gateway and Notcutts.