Romford shoppers donated 2,500 presents for underprivileged children.

Romford Business Improvement District (BID) announced Time FM’s annual Give a Child a Christmas appeal received 2,500 gifts at various drop off points, marking a 1,000 gift increase from 2022.

The appeal involved generous donations of toys, money and other presents during the weeks leading to Christmas, with £7,275 raised on a GoFundMe page created by Romford BID.

Julie Frost, Romford BID director, said: "Yet again I’m amazed by how generous the people of Romford can be.

"The kindness from everyone involved has ensured that every child within Romford received a gift this Christmas."

Romford Recorder: Their Go Fund Me page which amassed a total of £7,275Their Go Fund Me page which amassed a total of £7,275 (Image: Romford BID)

The charitable funds were used to purchase additional gifts, with the remaining £3,000 set aside for local charities.

The gifts were distributed across 17 agencies and schools, touching the lives of more than 3,000 children.

Mark Dover at Time FM said: "This has been our 19th year of Give a Child a Christmas and it’s still amazing to see the generosity of our listeners every year."

Sophie Blythe, from Every Life Has a Purpose, added: "I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this appeal and donated Christmas presents.

"Your generosity is very much appreciated."