A CHARITY which helps to ensure children in Leicestershire have presents on Christmas Day has received overwhelming support from the people of Harborough.
The Toys on the Table charity campaign seeks donations of new gifts which are presented to underprivileged county children at Christmas.
Residents in the Harborough district have wholeheartedly supported the campaign in previous years and this year was no exception as the Mail’s offices in Northampton Road, Harborough, were once again inundated with toys.
Terry Watts, chairman of the Toys on the Table trustees, said: “We very much appreciate the support given to us by the people in Harborough and we hope to help people in Harborough as we get referrals from people there.”
“We appreciate the help from the Harborough Mail and others in the town such as Harborough FM.”
This year, more than 4,000 children will benefit from more than 8,000 toys.
The Toys on the Table charity was re-formed eight years ago after a brief hiatus when a previous organisation in the city faced budget cuts.
It was initially started 34 years ago as a Round Table project.
The umbrella of groups which helps run the appeal now include Rotary Club District 1070, county Inner Wheel clubs, the Leicestershire and Rutland golf captains, county WIs, the Mothers’ Union and numerous individual volunteers.
There are a number of reasons why a child might be referred to the Toys on the Table appeal.
Mr Watts said some reasons include relationship breakdown, domestic violence or petty criminality.
He said: “We are not interested in the reasons.
“We are interested in the children. Whatever happens, they are the victims not the perpetrators.
“We are not here to make judgements, we are here to look after the children who are the victims of the circumstances.”