March 11 2014 Latest news:
by Sam Gelder, Reporter
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
We call Christmas the season of good will – and it was in full effect as children from two hostels received gifts from a generous Romford businessman.
Barry Samms, 40, who is involved in a number of local companies, spent about £2,000 on 97 toys for children at Abercrombie House in Bridgwater Road, Harold Hill and Will Perrin Court in Guysfield Drive, Rainham.
The gesture came after Barry spoke to a work colleague who was living at the Rainham hostel.
After she told him about the children living there, he came up with the idea of buying Christmas presents for them.
Barry said: “I called a friend, Peta Cavendish to help me buy the gifts. She got everything together as it was difficult to work out what to get the children, who are all different age groups.
“She deserves a lot of credit, as I would have really struggled!”
Barry, who lives in Epping, purchased goods ranging from toy electric guitars to lightsabers for the children, who were given the gifts on Christmas Day.
“There will be a lot of noise coming from the hospices with those toys!” he said,
“I probably spent a couple of thousand pounds – there are no cheap options with toys.”
Though he paid for the gifts, Barry left the presentation to someone else.
He explained: “A poor lady at the council wrapped them - my wrapping isn’t the best!”
He was also keen to stress the importance of helping those less fortunate within the local community.
“It doesn’t take much, there are people out there who have nothing.
“You don’t have to spend thousands of pounds. One gift could be enough, or even your time.
“The council are always looking for volunteers to help out in a shelter or food kitchen. It doesn’t have to be financial.”