During my time as a doctor, I have become aware of the importance of play for children’s growth, development and happiness. However, I am also aware that not all children are fortunate enough to have toys for play at their home due to family circumstances. I think in particular that Christmas must be quite a difficult time for these children as it must be hard to understand why Father Christmas visits others but not them, and also on the return to school to hear tales of what others have received, yet have nothing to tell about for themselves.
I therefore decided to set up a scheme whereby a list of presents is made and others kindly buy and donate wanted gifts. The Parenting Support Team at Conwy Council were able to find out what exactly some children really wanted for Christmas. The team made an anonymous wish list so that along with gift details of pressies, the first initial of the child and if the gift was for a boy or girl, so that people had an idea of who they were buying for.
I then asked a select group of friends and colleagues if they would like to buy toys off the list, and to give them to me so that I could help deliver them. They then chose toys from the list and pledged to buy them, all donating approx £30 each. Due to distance, many people transferred me the money and I then bought the gifts on their behalf. All together, I collected toys for 20-25 children with the superb support and kindness from those donating. In addition, I also received a £90 donation from the 2nd Lapal Brownies inBirmingham, who had a quiz night and did some additional fundraising to help this brilliant cause, to whom I am extremely grateful!!
The toys and money was received by the charity “Conwy Kids Matter” and will be put to good use. This was an incredibly easy scheme to set up, and I will endeavour to continue this. It would be superb if others could read about this and set up schemes similar to ensure that these children are not forgotten. The fact that these children will each receive a gift chosen just for them this year makes it all worthwhile.