Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency has today launched a ‘Christmas Toy Appeal’ asking residents to donate new toys for local charity Home-Start Essex which supports children and families across the constituency and wider Essex area.
Commenting, Mrs Badenoch said:
“Christmas is my favourite time of year, but it can also be a very difficult time, particularly for children and families who are unable to afford new gifts.
“Home-Start Essex is leading family support charity working in our constituency and the wider Essex area to build the confidence and skills of parents/carers to achieve healthy and positive outcomes for children.
“I am urging residents across Chelmsford and Uttlesford to ‘buy one more toy’ to donate to this excellent charity and drop off to one of the listed locations in our constituency.
“Many of us missed out on our perfect Christmas last year, let’s make this one extra special.”
Rosanne Kynaston, Operations Manager at Home-Start Essex says:
“As Kemi has said, Christmas can be a difficult time for the families we support. We are delighted that she has chosen to support us through this appeal.
“Throughout the winter months we are continuing to deliver essential items such as fuel vouchers and food to families who are experiencing financial hardship.
“These families will be so pleased to also receive a gift for their child or children, and I know that the families receiving gifts will be touched by the kindness of those who have donated to Kemi’s Buy One More Toy Appeal.”
Shops like the Toy Box in Saffron Walden offer a wide selection and offer the chance to support a local independent business.
Toys must be new and in their original packaging, all types of new toys and clothes are welcome, for any age group.
Supporters can drop off toys at the following locations:
- Broomfield - Broomfield Village Hall and Parish Council, 158 Main Rd, Broomfield, Chelmsford CM1 7AH - Monday, Tuesday 9am-9pm and Wednesday 9-12pm
- Dunmow – Dunmow Town Council, 47 Stortford Rd, Dunmow, CM6 1DG - Monday – Friday 10-1pm
- Saffron Walden - The Old Armoury, 3 Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 – Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-4pm
- Stansted – Stansted Library, The Mountfitchet Exchange, Crafton Green House, 72 Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet, CM24 8AQ – Tuesday 9-1pm, Thursday 2-7pm and Saturday 9-5pm
The deadline for donations is Monday 13th December. Please contact Kemi Badenoch MPs office directly with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org