Old toys wanted to spread cheer this Christmas


Many families will be getting lots of new toys this Christmas, but what about all those old toys clogging up cupboards or laying un-played with on the top shelf?

Why not spread good will this festive season and recycle unwanted toys by donating them to charity.

Hackney Council is running pre-loved toy collections at venues across the borough between Monday 5 December and Friday 16 January. Simply bring along used toys and they will be gifted to children through the Hackney Migrant Centre and to those receiving hospital treatment over the festive period through Homerton Hope.

Tonya Chalker, Fundraising Manager for the charity Homerton Hope said: “We have a children’s ward, outpatients clinic, children’s A&E and a children’s community centre, The Hackney Ark, who will all benefit from these pre-loved toys. We always try to give gifts to any children that are in the hospital over Christmas and also to our community team to hand out on any visits over Christmas so we would appreciate any donations.”

Make sure any old toys being donated are in a good condition and are fit to be shared with other children.


Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services
A toy that has been loved by someone else can make a wonderful gift to another child. Getting children to give away their toys at Christmas time is a great way to learn the importance of sharing. I hope many families across the borough are able to get involved and help spread cheer this festive season.

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services

For more information on recycling in Hackney visit www.hackney.gov.uk/recycling, email recycling@hackney.gov.uk, or call 020 8356 6688.

Hackney Re-present venues

Please place your pre-loved toys in the containers provided at the following locations around the borough:



Stoke Newington Library

184 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0JS

Dalston CLR James Library

Dalston Lane, E8 3BQ

Stamford Hill Library

Portland Avenue N16 6SB

Central Library

1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ

Clapton Library

Northwold Road, E5 8RA

Shoreditch Library

80 Hoxton St, N1 6LP

Homerton Library

Homerton High St, E9 6AS

North East Neighbourhood Housing Office

Clock House, 149 Stamford Hill, N16 5LG

De Beauvoir Neighbourhood Housing Office

31 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SJ

St. Dominic’s Catholic School

Ballance Road, E9 5SR

Hackney Service Centre

1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY