Give a child a Christmas 2020

Christmas was a little different for everyone this year, including the donation process for “Give A Child A Christmas”. Yet still Romford BID’s collaboration with Time FM’s annual appeal was a great success.

To keep the donation process Covid safe, this year listeners were asked to donate money to a Go Fund Me page set up by Romford BID Director, Julie Frost who also set up discount deals and arrangements with local shops so that the cash donated could go further. This charity page enabled donations to be made online, to lessen the need for people to come out and physically donate.

The local shops who participated in the discount scheme included Storky Baby & Childrenswear, The Entertainer (Mercury Mall), the toy stall in the Liberty, Mega Toys markets stall along with The Works. We also worked with our friends at the Romford Shopping Hall and received discounts from Rage, Dave’s Collectables, Make Up Time, The Hair Shop, Hande Made, Explore Accessories, Arcadia Cards and Happy Childhood.

In total we raised £18,888.00 which meant that 3226 children in the local community benefitted by receiving gifts and toys from the appeal. After buying all the gifts we had £650.00 left in the pot which was divided up and given to Peabody Trust (towards bunk beds), Women’s Aid (towards garden equipment), Ardleigh Green Junior School (for their sensory room) and ELHAP – Every Life Has a Purpose (towards their emergency fund).