Preet Kaur Gill, MP for Edgbaston Birmingham, is supporting the BirminghamLive Brum Wish Christmas Appeal which aims to ensure no child in Birmingham goes without a new toy or game on Christmas morning.
Today, Friday 3 December 2021, Preet visited local drop-off points where residents were donating toys to the appeal. Working with Quinton and Harborne Labour Party volunteers who have offered their time to help with the collections, Preet attended Edgbaston Cricket Stadium to help organise and take-in the donations.
Preet Kaur Gill MP said, “Every child should have the joy of opening a present on Christmas morning. Yet, it’s shocking that 110,000 children across Birmingham will wake up in poverty this Christmas, with many going without a present.
“The number of children living in poverty has dramatically risen since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 and now stands at 4.2 million – that's 31% of children in every school classroom. That is a shameful figure and one which needs to be rectified immediately. However, with the Government’s planned benefit cuts and no plan to address soaring fuel prices, people on low incomes are facing a difficult winter.
“That is why I am so pleased to see Birmingham Live, local organisations and of course, our Labour Party volunteers coming together to see that, at the very least, we can ensure every child in Birmingham has a gift this Christmas.”
Donations of new or nearly new toys are being requested for children aged between 0 and 16 years old. Donations can be made at any of the following locations:
- Royal British Legion Quinton at 211 Worlds End Lane, B32 2RX on Friday 3rd December between 2:00pm and 6:00pm
- Harborne Street Stall on the High Street on Saturday 4th December between 11:00am and 1:00pm
- Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December between 11:00am and 3:00pm
For any further information on what you can donate or if you would like to get involved with the appeal, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org