Tameside Toy Appeal 2020

Tameside Toy Appeal kids ride on toy
Published date: 
Friday, 6th November 2020

Christmas will be very difficult time this year for many families in Tameside, particularly those living in poverty. In response to these unprecedented times our Tameside Toy Appeal is needed more than ever, and we hope with your support we will still be able to provide children and young people in need with a small gift this year.  

This year we will run our donation offer differently:

  • utilising a team of doorstep elves to collect and deliver gifts 
  • arranging Covid safe drop off points in Tameside communities-see below
  • our dedicated JustGiving page 

We hope that you are able to support us this year and together make it even more amazing for children and young people in Tameside.

Christmas Doorstep Donation Elves
We would like you to post our very special Tameside Toy Appeal leaflets through the letterboxes on your street and the surrounding area. The leaflet will include information about the toy appeal and what we would like to collect. There will be a section on the flyer where you can write your name and the time and day you plan to return to collect the donations.On your chosen day we would like you to return to the places that you posted the leaflets and collect any toy and gift donations that have beenleft on doorsteps. We will provide you with festive thank yo cards to post through the doors of anyone that has been kind enough to leave something out for you.
Once you have finished collecting, we would like you to take all the donations to one of our designated Tameside Toy Appeal drop off points. 

Sleigh Drivers 
We need the support of elves with their own sleighs (cars or vans!) to help us collect all the toy and gift donations from the drop off points and take them to children’s centres across Tameside. Our Miles of Smiles car will be available for anyone that would like to help that does not have their own vehicle.
Some of doorstep donation volunteers that don’t have transport will also need help getting their collections to the drop off points. This would involve collecting the toys from the volunteer’s homes.
All magical flying reindeer food, fuel costs and volunteer expenses will be reimbursed.

Donation ideas: 

Children aged 0 - 3 years - Bath toys, building blocks, playmats, teethers

Children aged 4 - 12 years - Activity toys, board games, dressing up outfits, puzzles

Teenagers - Art supplies, card games, gift vouchers, sports equipment

All ages - Books, gloves, hats, pyjamas, scarves, slippers, socks

We cannot accept any second hand or soft toys.

COMMUNITY DROP OFF POINTS (this list will be updated as required)

Open Mon-Fri unless stated.


St Peter’s Children’s Centre, Trafalgar Square, OL7 0LL (9-4pm)

Asda, Cavendish Street, OL6 7PF (Store opening hours)

Wendy & Mandy’s Café, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside Indoor Market (9-4pm)

TMJ Contractors, 107 Cavendish Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SW (8-4pm)


Oasis Centre, Tatton Road, Denton, M34 7PL (Tues 10 -12)

Howard's Neighbourhood Bar and Deli, 49 Manchester Rd, Denton, Manchester M34 2AF Wednesday - Friday (10 - 5pm), Saturday (9-4pm), Sunday (10-12pm)

Denton West End Community Library, Windsor Road, Denton, M34 2HB (Sat 10-12pm)


Greenside Children’s Centre, Greenside Lane, M43 7RA (9-4pm)

Community Cutz, Edge Lane, Droylsden, M43 6BS (Thurs 10-12pm)


Hyde Children’s Centre, Old Road, Hyde, SK14 4SQ (9-4pm)

ABC Nursery, Onwards Street, Hyde, SK14 1HW (7am-6pm)

Hyde Central Methodist Church, Crook Street SK14 2NQ (Wednesdays 11am to 2pm)


St Barnabas Church Hattersley, Hattersley Road East, Hattersley, SK14 3EQ (Fridays 11am to 2pm) or contact Rev. Denise on 07736 523168 for alternative drop off time

St Mary's Church Hollingworth, Market Street, Hollingworth, SK14 8NE (Mondays 11am to 1pm)


Barty's Food Bank. Acres Lane, Stalybridge. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (10am-12pm)

Copley Academy, Huddersfield Road, Stalybridge, SK15 3RR (9.30am - 3pm)

Ridge Hill Children’s Centre, School Crescent, SK15 1EA (9-4pm)

The Big Local, 4 Ambleside, Stalybridge, SK15 1EB (9-5pm)

St Georges Church, Stalybridge, SK14 1JZ (Tues 9am-12noon & Sun 8.30-11.30am)

St Pauls Church, Huddersfield Rd, SK15 2PT Stalybridge - Open for a one day drop off Monday 7 December 9am-11am

All gifts donated to the Tameside Toy Appeal will be given to Tameside children living in poverty. Every year we receive high demand for gifts for babies and teenagers, especially boys.

Please donate by Friday 11 December 2020.

If you are a family in need or know of one who would benefit from a gift please contact: development@actiontogether.org.uk or Tel: 0161 339 2345.