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Ely Community backs Toy Bank

The Ely community has rallied round to help the Toy Bank at St Mary’s Church with offers of extra drop-off points for gifts for children whose families are struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Among them are Waitrose, Premier Travel, City Cycle Centre, Ely Tourist Office, the King’s School and the King’s Arms and West End pubs.

St Mary’s Church will be open to receive toys and gifts from 4th-12th December between 11am-3pm.

The Toy Bank opens on Thursday 14 December 3pm-8pm, Friday 15 December 1.30-6.30pm and Saturday 12am-4.30pm.

Mandy Watkins, Premier Travel Ely branch manager, and Lauren Raper travel consultant, with some of the new toys donated for Ely Toy Bank by customers.

Former Ely City councillor Peter Harris who founded the Toy Bank last Christmas with the help of a small group of volunteers hopes to be able to do more home deliveries this year.

“I know there are families in need who live in villages around Ely with limited, or in some cases, no access to transport to get to St Mary’s Church while the Toy Bank is open.

“If they make contact before 14 December and we know the ages of the children we will be able to set aside suitable gifts for delivery before Christmas,” said Peter.

He can be contacted on 07889 100357 or by email:

* Follow Ely’s Santa’s Xmas Toy Bank on Facebook for regular updates, a full list of collection points and how to volunteer help.

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