ISLE of Wight Radio has launched its annual Christmas Toy Appeal, to ensure every Island child has a present to unwrap.

Around 20,000 gifts have been donated by kind-hearted Islanders over the last nine years, and given to children in care, youngsters in hospital and those in poverty.

Launching the appeal today (Friday) programme director Paul Topping said: “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 and it means so much to have the amazing support of Islanders every time the Christmas Toy Appeal comes round.

“Last year was a record year for donations and we’d love to top that, giving even more Isle of Wight children a reason to smile this Christmas.”

Gift suitable for children aged up to 16, unwrapped and to the value of £10, can be donated at a number of drop-off points before 10am on December 11 — Isle of Wight Radio, Medina Leisure Centre, Morrisons in Newport, The Entertainer in Newport, Toymaster in Ryde and Shanklin, Tesco in Ryde, West Wight Sports Centre, Asda in Newport, Ventnor Winter Gardens, The Heights Leisure Centre in Sandown, Charlotte's Academy in Cowes, Hovertravel in Ryde, and Home Bargains in Carisbrooke.

People could also organise fundraisers for the appeal such as cake sales, raffles and Christmas jumper days.

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