TOY BANK GIFTS TO CHEER CHIL­DREN

Hun­dreds ben­e­fit as gen­er­ous peo­ple spread Yule­tide cheer with do­na­tions for dis­ad­van­taged young­sters

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

GEN­ER­OUS peo­ple have made hun­dreds of lo­cal chil­dren happy this Christ­mas by en­sur­ing they have presents to open.

Hun­dreds of Che­sham chil­dren who would have gone with­out a present this Christ­mas will now have some­thing to open, thanks to Che­sham Toy Bank.

The toy bank was the brain­child of Claire Rooney, who set it up last year to help the 500 chil­dren in Che­sham who may not re­ceive a present be­cause they are liv­ing be­low the poverty line.

This was the toy bank’s sec­ond suc­cess­ful year.

Fol­low­ing an ap­peal, thou­sands of gifts suit­able for new­borns to 17-yearolds were do­nated to the toy bank, which was this year based at Unit 5, Power House, Higham Mead, Che­sham.

It was open to strug­gling par­ents and car­ers from De­cem­ber 14 to 18. They could go there to pick gifts for their chil­dren and get them wrapped for free.

The toy bank then opened its doors to the pub­lic on De­cem­ber 19 when any­one could go in and buy a gift for a fi­nan­cial do­na­tion.

One Che­sham com­pany was so im­pressed by the toy bank’s ef­forts to give ev­ery child a happy Christ­mas that it stepped in with a very gen­er­ous of­fer.

Co-founders of Che­sham-based de­sign and print com­pany The Cre­ator Lab Saad Mah­mood and Adil Hus­sain, both 22, were moved by the idea that some par­ents could not af­ford toys for their chil­dren.

Saad said: “Our com­pany was founded on shared val­ues and giv­ing back to our com­mu­nity is a big part of that – help­ing causes re­gard­less of re­li­gion, colour or eth­nic­ity.

“Just the thought that we have helped put smiles on the faces of par­ents and chil­dren means Adil and I are al­ready hav­ing a bril­liant Christ­mas!”

Saad and Adil are giv­ing 10 per cent of all prof­its from the mid­dle of Novem­ber un­til Christ­mas to Che­sham, Toy Bank.

The duo also popped into the toy bank to hand over some toys as part of their do­na­tion.

Mrs Rooney, who won the Pride of Bucks 2015 Com­mu­nity Cham­pion award for set­ting-up the toy bank, said: “It’s fab­u­lous how many busi­nesses want to help lo­cal chil­dren. The Che­sham Toy Bank team is very grate­ful to The Cre­ators Lab for their su­per-gen­er­ous of­fer.”

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