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Generous Amanda among the Toy Appeal’s biggest donors

A young woman from Tottenham was so moved when she read about last year’s Winter Toy and Food Appeal that she donated more than 140 gifts. Amanda Richardson, 30, who works as a tutor, started shopping in October, spent over £750 and filled a small car with toys for Hackney’s poorest children.

She said: “I’ve always been a giver – I’m a Christian and Christmas is a time for giving. Previously I’d supported the shoebox appeal but wanted to do something closer to home. When I searched online I came across this appeal and decided to help.

“I spent many evenings in TK Maxx or in the retail park and would pick up toys when I did my food shopping.”

Last year StokeyParents and Location Location collected toys for more than 2,000 children in need in Hackney. The appeal, which is now in its fourth year, also provides food to Hackney Food Bank. Toys are distributed via the Ivy Street Family Centre and a network of social workers, refuges, hostels, schools, children’s centres, a hospice and the Homerton Hospital to children living in desperate poverty.

Jenna Fansa, whose website StokeyParents founded the appeal, said: “We were blown away by Amanda’s generosity – she arrived in a little car that was crammed to the roof with toys. Just when we thought there couldn’t be any more, she’d discover another tucked under a seat. We’re so very grateful to her and to everyone who supports the appeal.”

Amanda added: “I feel very sad for the state this country is in at the moment – we like to think of ourselves as developed and world leaders, but many families can’t afford to live here – they’re being pushed to the outskirts. It’s depressing.

“I live with my family and probably will do until I have children of my own – financially it’s not worth having my own place. It does give me some financial freedom to be able to support appeals like this.”

We asked how her friends and family reacted to her charitable giving, she replied: “They said I’d gone over the top!”

Amanda is supporting the Winter Toy and Food Appeal once again this year and hopes to donate more than 100 gifts.

The deadline for giving is December 14th – we’re collecting new, unwrapped gifts for children aged 0-18 at Location Location (18 Stoke Newington Church Street) or you can donate direct to the Ivy Street Family Centre by ordering from our Amazon Wishlist www.toyappealwishlist.com

 

    Christmas is a time for giving

    Posted 30th November 2017

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    Vicky started with Location Location as a junior negotiator in 2006 and within a short period of time became the top performing sales consultant in the company taking on the role of Branch Manager in 2009. Vicky's exceptional ability is backed up by her infectious enthusiasm for people and property, this led to her becoming Sales Director and equity partner in 2012. Vicky has been an integral part in establishing Location Location's reputation as one of North London's leading estate agents.