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Toys and Teens Appeal

Published: 3 Dec 2008 08:000 comments

The Toys and Teens appeal asks readers, businesses and high-profile individuals for donations of new or good quality toys and presents for Reading children and teenagers who may not otherwise get any at Christmas.

The toys are dropped off at collection points around the town, then sorted and distributed by volunteers from charity Reading Family Aid.

Last year 1,500 children aged up to 16 benefitted from the appeal and this year even more are expected to be in need.

Their names are put forward by social workers and other official agencies that make sure the presents go to the individuals who need them.

We would like people to donate new or good quality unwrapped gifts at our collection points before Saturday, December 6.

To donate them up to Wednesday, December 10, please email or call Ruth Perkins on 0118 947 0305.

For younger children, please give toys, games, books, crafts, crayons, colouring books, clothes for babies and young children and Christmas chocolate and sweets.

There is also a big need for presents for older children - especially teenage boys. Please donate vouchers, toiletries or other suitable presents. Please also donate good quality AA batteries, and also AAA, C and D.


Reading Town Centre:

*Greyfriars Church - Friar Street, RG1 1EH. Rebecca Chapman 0118 951 6700/01 or email

*Voluntary Action Centre - Cross Street, Reading, RG1 1SN. Michelle Le Sueur on 0118 957 4123

*Salvation Army - Anstey Road, Reading RG31 7JR (Castle Hill roundabout). Open Monday to Friday 9am-3pm. 0118 958 3019.

*Mayor's Parlour, Civic Offices, Dusseldorf Way, Reading, RG1 7TD. Sandie Bonner 0118 939 0071 or email

West Reading:

*Access Storage - 62 Portman Road, RG30 1EA. 0118 957 6694. Monday to Friday 8.30am-6pm, Saturday 8.30am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

*Salvation Army (Oxford Road) - 522 Oxford Road, RG30 1EG (opposite Brock Barracks). 0118 957 5394. Monday to Friday 10am-1pm. Other times as advertised on the activity display board outside.

South Reading:

*Reading 107fm - Radio House, Madejski Stadium, RG2 0FN. 0118 986 255.

Tilehurst and Calcot:

*Birch Copse School - Wittenham Avenue, RG31 5LN. 0118 942 7442.

*Sainsbury's Savacentre, Bath Road, Calcot, RG31 7SA (customer service desk). Monday to Friday 7am-midnight, Saturday 6am-10pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

*Asda, Honey End Lane, Tilehurst, RG30 4EL. Monday to Saturday 7.30am-10pm and Sun 10am-4pm.

Woodley and Earley:

*Crescent Centre - Warbler Drive, Earley, RG6 4HB. 0118 921 0555.


*Thameside Primary School, Harley Road, RG4 8DB. 0118 901 5551.

*Rabbit Van Hire - Wolsey Road, RG4 8BY. 0118 946 1661.

Emmer Green:

*Chloe-Jayne's Florist and Post Office, 14 Milestone Way Precinct, RG4 8XW. 0118 946 1070. Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.


*St James the Less Church - Pangbourne Hill, RG8 7AX. 0118 984 4051.


*Mapledurham Health and Golf Club, Chazey Heath, RG4 7UD. Alex Nock 0118 9463 353.

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