Tidings of great joy

BCM’s Christmas ToyLink project is a mammoth operation that could not happen without the support of hundreds of volunteers giving hours, even days, of time, and thousands of brand new donated toys.

This Christmas 123 agencies, from family support workers to refugee centres, referred 3,630 children in 1,460 families to receive four Christmas gifts each. In addition large deliveries were made to 6 other hostels and projects. All these gifts were wrapped and delivered by an army of volunteers from churches and companies, or many others who just came as individuals to help out.

A huge thank you from BCM to those who gave time, toys, cars and route planning software, and this email we received from one referring agency is for you all.

‘I am excited to share the joyous news that we have received 42 Christmas ToyLink gifts for the children. This act of kindness not only provides tangible gifts but also contributes to creating a sense of inclusivity within our community. That there are people who deeply care about the wellbeing of these children is invaluable and goes a long way in fostering a supportive environment.

Your generosity will bring joy and warmth to the children in our care and will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the lives of the disadvantaged children we support.  We extend our sincerest gratitude to each one of you who has been involved in making this donation possible. It will brighten the holiday season for our children and for that we are truly grateful.

Your support means the world to us. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of those in need. Thank you for your kindness and commitment.’

By Christmas Eve Jaguar LandRover had sent 102 vehicles with over 300 staff to the Clock Tower to collect and deliver sacks of gifts to families across the city - a huge help that has been given now for many Christmases. But JLR is just one of the local businesses, churches and schools which have powered ToyLink 2023. Here we have tried to name each business and group, but if you have been missed or are a school, church or individual, we thank you just the same!