A READING Football Club legend has showed his support for this year's Toys and Teens Appeal.

Ady Williams, Reading Football Club legend and Welsh International footballer, has been lending his support to Reading Family Aid's appeal.

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The Christmas appeal brings a little hope and happiness to Reading families living in desperate need, at a time of year when many feel lost and forgotten about.

Sponsored by The Reading Chronicle, this annual toy appeal collects and redistributes new or ‘as new’ toys, suitable for ages 0 – 16, at Christmas.

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Mr Williams said: “The stats aren’t great.

"When we talk about poverty in Reading we’re talking over 10,000 children which is horrendous.

"As captain of Reading Football Club I’ve gone to certain regions in Reading where poverty is rife.

"I’ve seen families that haven’t got a couple of quid... I think people have to witness it to realise how bad it actually is."

Christmas is acknowledged as a time for giving, and at this time it often raises a lot of questions from children about why they should give to those less fortunate than themselves.

It is a difficult subject for them to comprehend for many reasons but explaining there are children living in the same town who are hungry, or whose families cannot afford toys, can be much more relatable than those living on another continent.

Last year’s Toys and Teens appeal saw presents delivered to 1,500 children in time for the festive season, providing a little joy and hope for some of these families at Christmas.

So, if you’re sorting through your children’s toybox, perhaps ask what they would like to donate to a child who might play with it more often than they do.

All new and as new toys will be greatly appreciated.

The donation points are open today and remain open until Sunday December 1.

Popular presents for children include: arts and crafts, board games, outdoor games, gadgets, books and toys.

For more information, please visit www.ReadingFamilyAid.org.


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