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Toy drive brings Christmas cheer 20.12.10

Big-hearted Sutton residents have brought extra Christmas cheer to dozens of the borough's children.

Harley Sphikas aged 3 with one of the donated toys

Scores of donated new and unused toys collected by Sutton Council have been given to Kid Stop, a service for the parents of young children in Sutton, Merton and Surrey.  The toys will be resold at an affordable price, meaning that families of all incomes can treat their children this Christmas.  Any money made is used to provide support services for parents.

Cllr Kirsty Jerome, Executive Member for Education and Schools on Sutton Council, said: "Sutton residents have been so generous and donated some lovely toys that will really make Christmas day for some of the Borough's less well off children.

"Kid Stop do great work in the borough, making sure that all parents have access to affordable toys and clothes as well as running support services.  I'm very pleased that Sutton Council have been able to help them to do this, particularly at this time of year."

Lisa Gill, mum to Harley, three, said she supported the scheme: "This is a lovely thing to do at this time of year. It's so easy to get caught up in buying your children the latest toys and gadgets, it's good to have the opportunity to remember children that might not be as fortunate."

Kid Stop is a not for profit community business owned by The Vine Project.  For more information, visit www.kidstop-cic.org.uk or look out for the Kid Stop bus every Friday in Sutton High Street.

Unwanted children's books, clothes and toys in good condition can be donated after Christmas at Sutton Council's Denmark Road Offices from 10 – 21 January 2011, or at Kid Stop's shop at  24 Wandle Way, Willow Lane Industrial Estate, Mitcham.

Last updated: Tuesday, 04 January 2011

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