Isle of Wight Radio Launches 2018 Christmas Toy Appeal

Can you help make Christmas special for thousands of less-fortunate children on the Isle of Wight this year?

The Isle of Wight Radio Christmas Toy Appeal launches today (Friday) – and it needs your support!

Sadly, there are thousands of children on the Isle of Wight who won’t be getting much of a Christmas this year – but you can help change that.

More than 20 local charities and organisations receive gifts through the appeal

We know from our previous appeals what a huge difference an unexpected gift makes to the lives of less-fortunate children on the Isle of Wight, including young carers, children in hospital over the Christmas period, looked-after children, sick youngsters, bereaved children or those challenged by poverty and housing problems.

More than 20 local charities and organisations receive gifts through the appeal which are then presented to a deserving child, aged from 0 to 16. All gifts donated stay on the Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight Radio has been involved in the appeal since its inception eight years ago and has witnessed the difference it has made to thousands of young lives on the Island.

You can donate a new toy or gift suitable for a child aged 0-16 – with a value of £10 – at an official drop off point until Friday, 14 December (10am deadline). But if you can’t afford £10 – or want to raise even more money – then you could sign up to do a fundraiser and raise some money, which will then help us buy toys to donate!

You can also donate money via the “Donate” button at All gifts will be wrapped by kind-hearted volunteers and delivered in time for Christmas!

The appeal closes on December 14, giving enough time for the gifts to be wrapped and delivered before the big day.

There are official drop-off points across the Island:

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  • Isle of Wight Radio, Newport
  • Medina Leisure Centre, Newport
  • Morrisons, Newport
  • The Entertainer, Newport
  • Asda, Newport
  • Mothercare, Carisbrooke
  • Toymaster, Union Street, Ryde

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  • Tesco Extra, Ryde
  • The Heights Leisure Centre, Sandown
  • Toymaster, High Street, Shanklin
  • West Wight Sports Centre, Freshwater
  • Ventnor Winter Gardens, Ventnor
  • Charlotte’s Academy, Cowes