Monday, 23 October 2017

Boy's toys donated to sick children

A WOMAN from Henley has been thanked for supporting a campaign to deliver toys to sick children for Christmas.

A WOMAN from Henley has been thanked for supporting a campaign to deliver toys to sick children for Christmas.

Donna Xanthidis, of Reading Road, donated two large plastic crates full of toys to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after clearing out her 11-year-old son George?s bedroom.

They were among scores of toys driven to the hospital by members of Gainsborough Residents? Association, who were escorted by town councillor David Eggleton and three friends on motorcycles.

Cllr Eggleton, who was dressed as Santa, carried Mayor Lorraine Hillier on the back of his bike and the pair helped hand out the toys to the children.

Mrs Xanthidis heard about the toy run through Facebook and decided to donate George?s unwanted toys instead of throwing them away.

She also raised £90 for the residents? association at a Christmas party for staff at Invesco Perpetual in Henley, where she works. This will go towards more toys for the hospital. She said: ?George had a lot of things he didn?t play with any more and wanted to see them put to good use.?

Cllr Eggleton said: ?We were very thankful for Mrs Xanthidis and George?s contribution. They?re very generous.?

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