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Thank you for putting the toys on the table!

Dianne Probert with Toys on the Table Trust Chairman Terry Watts

Dianne Probert with Toys on the Table Trust Chairman Terry Watts

Thousands of disadvantaged children all over the county are opening presents on Christmas Day thanks to the generosity of Harborians.

The Toys on the Table appeal has this year helped around 4,000 children who otherwise would have gone without.

The charity would not be able to do its good work were it not for the hundreds of people who donate toys every year.

One Harborough woman excelled herself this year by knitting around 70 items for the appeal.

Dianne Probert, of Hammond Way, made cuddly toys of all shapes and sizes as well as dolls’ clothing and hats.

She dropped the fruits of her labour at the Mail office in Northampton Road, which was once again inundated with toys, teddies and books for the annual appeal.

Harborough FM, which also acts as a collection point at its Fernie Road headquarters, also received hundreds of donations from people who wanted to help.

Terry Watts, chairman of the Toys on the Table charity, said: “We would like to say an enormous thank you and say that we appreciate all the support. Particularly from Harborough, it has been superb.

“We have nothing but wonder and appreciation in terms of how well everyone has worked to support the appeal.”

Mr Watts said that although there have been more toy donations than in previous years the referrals for people putting forward children to benefit from the appeal are down.

He puts it down to cuts to social services, but said more than 4,00 children will still benefit this year.

 

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