Former Gravesend youth club supports Christmas Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:24 08 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:28 08 December 2010

Peter Clinch delivers the toys collected by Hillview Youth Club

Peter Clinch delivers the toys collected by Hillview Youth Club


Members of a former youth group have pledged several gifts to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal.

At a reunion of the Hillview Youth Club — which ran on Windmill Hill in the 1960s and ’70s — former members collected around £100 which bought a selection of toys to be donated to those in Darent Valley Hospital during the festive season.

Sam Weller, who helped organise the event, said: “It is important to support local causes and were delighted to help.”

The reunion, held at the end of last month at the Kings Head pub, was also organised to pay tribute to Hillview Youth Club leader Ron Elford who died earlier in the year.

Mr Weller added: “Ron was at the heart of it all. He was so enthusiastic and helped make Hillview a fantastic place to be as a kid.”

The club has supported the Toy Appeal for the past three years, collecting a huge sack of toys to be delivered to sick in and out-patients and boost the play area at Willow Ward.

Toys delivered by fellow member Peter Clinch included Action Men, sticker albums, toy ponies colouring books and dolls.

He said: “Unfortunately each year we are losing members as people move away or we lose touch, but there is still a core who meet up. The Reporter’s campaign links well because obviously we were once a children’s club ourselves and like to have the chance to help some unfortunate children of this generation.

“Youth clubs such as ours have become less popular over the years as computer games and the like have taken over but children are still children and Christmas is still a time where a toy could brighten a difficult time for them.”

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