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Argosy Toys appeal for Southend children’s ward this Christmas

26 November 2014


Getting into the festive spirit it’s a case of bringing ‘joy to the ward’ for Westcliff-based Argosy Toys who have launched a Christmas toy appeal for Neptune ward, the children’s ward at Southend Hospital.

Christmas presents are all about the giving rather than the receiving, which is something the London Road independent toy shop have really taken to heart.

Owner manager, Paul Wohl, said: "Being in hospital for a child is no fun and even less so at Christmas, so we decided to do something to help raise Christmas spirits and a few smiles over the holiday period. We are asking customers to buy a toy from in store and ask for it to be donated to Neptune ward."

And the response has already been amazing, the shop's festive appeal has already proved a massive hit with local people who have been incredibly generous with their toy appeal purchases.

The initiative has already drawn much positive attention from local residents and shoppers, including Susan McCloud from Southend whose son spent time on the Neptune ward.

"What a fab idea," she said. "We will be up at the beginning of December to definitely donate. My son has spent some time on Neptune, so I will definitely do my bit."

Mica Day, community fundraiser at the hospital, added: "We'd like to thank Paul and the Argosy Toys staff for championing our children's ward. Santa might be Saint Nick but I think Paul could be our Saint Neptune.

For Paul and his dedicated staff, all the effort will be worth it when they see the faces of the children when the presents are delivered on the run up to the big day.

Paul concluded: "If we can bring a little joy to children and their families on Christmas Day then we and everyone who has kindly donated a new toy from the store has done their job. For me Christmas is very much about children and helping other people."

The toy appeal is open until Saturday 20 December. Argosy Toys will then deliver the toys to the Hospital - along with a collection of its own donations -  just in time for Christmas.

Image l-r: From Argosy Toys - Fionna Morgan, Paul Wohl, Natalie Armstrong, and Mica Day from Southend Hospital