I can only say I'm pleased and proud to be a resident of Tunbridge Wells when I read about the response the Mayor's Toy Appeal received for Christmas 2009.
No less than 279 children, aged from newborn to 17 years old, received three presents for Christmas, donated by the generous public in their Borough. They also received craft items and books, or cuddly toys for the littlest ones.
That's well over 800 gifts by my rough calculation, which is pretty impressive stuff.
Cllr Leonard Price, Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, is calling for it's residents to be re-dubbed Generous of Tunbridge Wells instead of Disgusted. Puns aside, it shows that a lot of thought went into resident's responses, and the campaign leaders were pleased to see so many new items donated this year (who wants to unwrap old tat on Christmas morning after all?).
The Mayor's Toy Appeal has been running for 20 years now, and goes from strength to strength each year.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council also wanted to extend their gratitude to all the volunteers who help organise and co-ordinate the appeal, along with the generous individuals and businesses who donated items. By all accounts, there is one anonymous benefactor - not the first time it seems - who donated £500 again for 2009. Modest as well as generous!
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