The Mayor’s Toy Appeal is a charitable appeal that provides Christmas presents to children of families in crisis, referred to us by Social Services, schools, churches and other agencies, allowing the children to experience the magic of Christmas whilst enabling their parent(s) a valuable respite from the pressures of the season.
We seek to help children who, due to family circumstances, would not receive Christmas gifts.
- Families where parents/carers suffer with mental and/or physical difficulties
- Families experiencing emotional/stressful/abusive circumstances
- Families in crisis due to bereavement or illness of a parent
- Children housed in temporary accommodation
- Families facing severe financial difficulty
Whilst we receive much valuable support, we receive no funding and rely very heavily on volunteers and donations of gifts and funds.
The appeal will run from Friday 10th November to Monday 11th December 2023.
We like to encourage people to shop in their town centres.
Teddy Mayor has compiled a list of the gifts we'd like to receive on behalf of the children
New toys only please, no guns or candles.
For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lego & Duplo
Bionicle & K'nex
Mega Bloks & Meccano
Art & Craft Toys
Art sets & paint by numbers
Colouring pencils & felt tips
Pens & pencil cases
Block crayons & stencils
Rubbers, rulers & sharpeners
Finger paints & poster paints
Paint boxes & brushes
Spirography & scribblers
Style model activity books
Gifts for Teenagers
Hairbrushes, slides & bobbles
Makeup, eyeshadow & lip gloss
Nail varnish & manicure sets
Scent, toiletries & deodorant
Hair gel & spray
Makeup brushes & cosmetic bags
Combs, mirrors, umbrellas & purses
Necklaces & bracelets
Jewellery boxes & holders
Alarm clocks, watches & wallets
Beanie hats & gloves
Branded football club items
Games & Puzzles
Board games for 3-90 year olds
Pictionary & Frustration
Operation & Buckaroo
Jigsaw puzzles (500 piece max.)
Calculators & maths sets
Lunch boxes & flasks
Frisbees & skipping ropes
Cricket & badminton sets
Skittles & quoits
Football boot bags
Baby & Toddler Toys
Bathtime toys & puzzles
Light & sound activity toys
Toys for under 3s
Mobile, cot & buggy toys
Clutch & roller rattles
Colourful wooden bricks
Shape sorters & spinning tops
Hats, gloves & pyjamas
Comfort blanket & Cuddleuppets
Hand cars, pull along toys, ride-ons
Babies bibs, beakers & dishes
Buggy clip-on toys & baby walkers
Dolls for under 3s
Fisher Price, Tomy & Little Tikes
Make Believe Toys
Finger & hand puppets
Dressing up clothes
Cash registers & play money
Play food & kitchen utensils
Play scales & doll bath sets
Doctors & nurses medical sets
Playdough & kinetic sand
Rolling pins & shape cutters
Tea & pastry sets, cutlery & kettles
Toolkits & car play mats
Happyland people & vehicles
Toy cars, trains & aeroplanes
Hot Wheels cars & Micro Machines
Telephones & torches
Barbie, Sindy & Monster High Dolls
My Little Pony
Dinosaurs, farm & zoo animals
Transformers & Marvel Avengers
Sylvanian Families & Playmobil
Baby Annabell & Baby Born
2024 diaries & calendars
Cloth books for babies
Card books for babies
Books with clips for buggies
Early reading books
Books for under 5s
Reading books for 6-17 year olds
Football & joke books
Song & sound books
Mickey & Minnie Mouse
Disney Little Princess
Winnie the Pooh
Thomas the Tank Engine
Mr Men & Little Miss
Football, Rugby & Cricket
The Hunger Games
Shaun the Sheep
Gift Drop Off
These are Maddisons Residental in The Pantiles, The Amelia Scott next to the Town Hall, Barsley's in Paddock Wood, St George’s Childcare Chilston Road, Trinity Theatre and Royal Victoria Place.
Please drop your gifts off by Monday 11th December.
St George’s Childcare and Royal Victoria Place will also feature `Giving Trees’ where you choose a label featuring a gift and return it to any of the collection points.
Last year, we managed to provide nearly 700 children with a sack of gifts thanks to your enormous generosity. We anticipate that numbers may well be higher this year.
A huge thank you from the
Teddy Mayor's Toy Appeal 2023 to...
Thank you to R&B Fashion Accessories!
A huge thank you to R&B Fashion Accessories for their donation of jewellery for the 2023 campaign and over the years.
Thank you to Play Press!
A massive thank you to Play Press for their kind donation of 3D building playsets.
Thank you to Groupe-Bel!
We'd like to give a huge thank you to Groupe-Bel for donating a large number of toys for the appeal.
Thank you to Sensible Wine!
A special thank you to Sensible Wine for their continual generous donation of wonderful toys.
Thank you to Clear-It!
A special thank you to Clear-It for their generous donations and support for the Mayors Toy Appeal.
Thank you to Thames and Kosmos!
Huge thanks to Thames and Kosmos for donating a large range of toys and games.
Thank you to West Kent Radio!
A huge thank you to West Kent Radio for their support and for publicising daily the Mayors Toy Appeal during their broadcasts. West Kent Radio is your truly local radio station across Tonbridge, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Paddock Wood and surrounding villages.
You can find West Kent Radio online at West Kent Radio | 95.5, 106.7 & 107.2 FM or on Smart Speaker. Find their schedule here.
Thank you to local author, Matt Waugh!
A special thank you to local author, Matt Waugh, for donating over 300 of his books for children.
Thank you to the Big Yellow Self Storage!
Big Yellow is the UK’s favourite self storage company and provide a range of secure storage rooms for homes and businesses which can be accessed seven days a week. Big Yellow have provided all year-round storage support, allowing us a safe working environment to collect, store and sort through all of our donated items.
Thank you to the Royal Tunbridge Wells Together Business Improvement District!
RTW Together BID is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded by and represents businesses in Tunbridge Wells town centre. The BID works to deliver projects to increase footfall and promote the area, providing services such as the town centre's Christmas lights and town improvements. RTW Together BID have helped us promote and host the Big Reveal events.
Thank you to Razorthorn Security LTD!
A big thank you to Razorthorn Security, for their generous support throughout the 2023 campaign, and donation of gifts for the appeal.