Help children have a Merry Christmas in Banbury

Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham with his wife Leslie NNL-150513-111954001
Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham with his wife Leslie NNL-150513-111954001

Christmas is traditionally a time for giving, and Banbury town mayor Tony Mepham is calling for locals to get into this seasonal spirit by donating toys to the less fortunate.

The Mayor’s Annual Toy Appeal on Monday, November 30 as part of a campaign that will run until Friday, December 4.

The toys, which should be donated new or second hand in excellent condition, will be distributed to the town’s needy families in the days running up to Christmas.

The appeal asks for toys that are suitable for children aged from baby to teenager and can be donated at Banbury Town Hall between 9am - 4pm for the duration of the campaign.

All donations will then be passed onto the Britannia Road Family Centre who ensure they are given to the homes who need them the most.

Mr Mepham is leading the call for contributions and said: “Some families in Banbury, for various reasons, cannot afford to celebrate Christmas in the proper way. They have no money to spend on Christmas presents for their children, and cannot provide other seasonal luxuries that the rest of us take for granted.”

In previous years the generosity of the people of Banbury has been evident, helping many of the less fortunate and it is hoped the town will produce a similar effort this year.