Give the gift of giving this Christmas

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  • Jan

Islington charity the Toy Project is looking for donations for its Grandparents’ Project, which will provide local grandparents in financial need with a new gift for their grandchild this Christmas.

Residents and local businesses can help by buying a new toy, still in its box, and donating it to the charity for it to give to a grandparent in need.

It is the first time the charity, which has a shop in Junction Road, Archway, has collected specifically for grandparents.

Jane Garfield, founder, explains: “We had a couple of referrals last year for grandparents,
so I thought there must be lots of other grandparents out there who can’t afford to buy for their

“It’s very important for grandparents to feel that they are providing for their grandchildren.”

Jane, a former teacher, set the Toy Project up five years ago and now works full time on it, donating thousands of toys to children in need in Islington and further afield.

The charity was quick to respond to the Grenfell fire by providing toys and equipment after a nursery was destroyed in the blaze. Meanwhile, it’s 100 Bunnies project sends knitted rabbits to children in hospital in India and every three months it sends books and toys to eight schools in Grenada.

John Nicholson, chair of trustees, says: “As well as helping to put a smile on a child’s face we’re also showing that instead of toys going into landfill and our oceans we can give them a new home. We are extending their life and that is a good thing.”

Local businesses and shops can also help by becoming a drop off point for donations. If you
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