Do you have a question about the Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal 2018?

Some of your questions are answered below:

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Q.What is the Christmas Toy Appeal?

The Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal is run exclusively to benefit less fortunate
children on the Isle of Wight. The Christmas Toy Appeal was founded by local couple Deborah & Daniel Rooke and is powered by Isle of Wight Radio.

Q.How do I know my donation will go to a worthy child?

Every toy donated already has an Island child’s name attached to it. The appeal reaches out to to the Isle of Wight Council and more than 20 local charities and organisations and they supply the appeal with a list of toy requests.

Q. Where do the toys go?

Here are just a few of the causes your donations could help: St Mary’s Hospital, Foodbank, Homestart, Beaulieu House, YMCA Young Carers Scheme, The Women’s Refuge, Daisy Chain IW, Jigsaw Family Support, Barnardo’s, Community Mental Health Services, Southern Housing Group, Help Through Crisis and Isle of Wight Council. Every toy donated stays on the Isle of Wight.

Q. Will my donation or toy remain on the Isle of Wight?

Yes. Every toy donated to the Isle of Wight Radio Toy Appeal will remain on the Isle of
Wight and go to or benefit Island Children.

Q. Do I need to wrap my toy donation?

We ask you NOT to wrap your gifts as we want to make sure it gets sorted and distributed to the right child. Every toy is looked at and checked to ensure it goes to the very best home.

Some of the agencies and charities give the toys unwrapped so that parents can wrap them themselves. We will also be holding a wrapping event at Isle of Wight Radio on the week commencing 10th December.

Q. Are there really children living on the Isle of Wight who may go without a present on Christmas day?

Unfortunately, yes. A study by National Children’s Bureau earlier in 2018 found that over 7,500 Island children live below the poverty line… You can read the story here

Q. Why do you ask for a donation of £10?

We ask for a gift to the value of £10 or more because for many of the children who benefit from the appeal it may be the only gift they open on Christmas day. The money is then used to buy a toy.

Q. What if I can’t afford £10 but still want to help?

You can still make a real difference by making a cash donation. This can be done in person at Isle of Wight Radio during office hours (9am-5pm Monday to Friday) or by donation via PayPal on the Isle of Wight Radio website. Every penny collected with go towards the appeal and over the years we have purchased thousands of pounds worth of toys at near cost price from local toy stores who generously help to support the appeal.

Q. Can my School or Business help out?

Yes! Hold a cake sale, have a dress down Friday in the office, a sponsored silence or dress up as your top childhood toy. Anything you can do to spread the word of the Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal or help fundraise will make a difference!

Q. Why does the Toy Appeal finish on 14th December, it seems very early?

The Toy Appeal ends on the 14th of December to ensure there is time to distribute all of the toys and use donated money to purchase toys – and wrap them. Many of the Toys will be collected by agencies and charities that have made a request on the 14th, so it is really
important that you remember to make your donation before the 14th!

Q. The Toy Appeal always hits it the target, do I really need to help out?

Last year was the first year the appeal did not hit the target and we had to turn away some deserving requests. We did collect the right number of toys but not in the right categories so your donation is SO important and so appreciated and WILL make a difference to an Island child.

Q. What ages are the toys for?

The age categories are as follows: 0-1 years, 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-8 years, 8-12 years and 12-16 years. Toy ideas include: games, dolls, cuddly toys, puzzles, colouring sets etc. Staff at toy shops on the Island will also be able help you!

Q. What do I get back in return?

You get a warm feeling inside knowing your toy or donation will make Christmas special for an Island child! The team at Isle of Wight Radio would love to give you, your school or business a mention on air to say a massive thanks for helping. We will also be posting pictures on our social media pages.

Q. Where do I drop off my toy?

We have official drop-off points across the Isle of Wight. You will find a full list on the Isle of Wight Radio Website. Please make sure you only donate to the Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal if you want to guarantee your toy stays on the Island.

Q. There are other Toy Appeals, so what makes the Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal different?

The big difference is it’s a local appeal run by local people to benefit local children. We have direct connections to all of the agencies who request the number of toys to ensure that there is no waste and every toy/donation goes to a less fortunate, deserving child. Other appeals have been run by national or regional organisations or companies.

Q. Why is it now called the Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal?

This is the 8th year of the Isle of Wight Christmas Toy Appeal, Isle of Wight Radio were approached by the founder of the appeal Deborah Rooke and Bestival and asked if they would take overall responsibility for the appeal. In previous years, the appeal has partnered with Bestival and the County Press, and together we have helped bring a smile to thousands of Island Children on Christmas Day. This year, working with the Toy Appeal boss Deborah Rooke, Isle of Wight Radio is the main force behind the appeal but hope to get support from all local media and businesses as to make it work it needs the Island’s support!

Q. What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You can always call the Appeal at Isle of Wight Radio on 01983 822557 or email [email protected]


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