Oakengates panto stars back our toy appeal

By Mark Andrews | Oakengates | News | Published:

The stars of Telford’s Christmas pantomime are urging Shropshire Star readers to support our Christmas Toy Appeal as it enters its final week.

Thomas Redgrave, who is playing the lead role in Peter Pan at Oakengates Theatre

Thomas Redgrave, who plays the title role in Peter Pan at Oakengates Theatre, took time out from performing to urge people to support the campaign.

For the third year running we are joining forces with our partners at Storage King in Shrewsbury to spread a little festive joy to youngsters who might be finding Christmas a difficult time.

All toys donated will be shared between five different good causes which help children around the county.

Thomas said: “It’s great to see the community coming together to support these kids at Christmas.

“I hope everybody does what they can to back the toy appeal.”

Hundreds of toys, books and other gifts have poured into our collection points since the appeal was launched last month.

They will be distributed among five organisations: Hope House Children’s Hospice, The Harry Johnson Trust, which supports children with cancer, The Movement Centre in Gobowen which helps children with mobility problems, as well as the children’s ward at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, and Telford & Wrekin children’s services.

Darren Hall, regional manager of Storage King which has been helping us with the appeal, said: “It’s a great opportunity to help kids who are less fortunate, and might either be away from home at this time of year, or might not get much in the way of toys or that sort of thing.”


The work of distributing the toys to the children will begin later this week.

Peter Pan runs at Oakengates Theatre in Limes Walk until December 31.

Toys can be taken to the following collection points:

Shrewsbury: Storage King, Archers Way, Battlefield Enterprise Park, SY1 3GA


Shrewsbury: Shropshire Star, 2, Bellstone, SY1 1QQ

Oswestry: Shropshire Star, 14 Salop Road, SY11 2NU

Telford: Shropshire Star, Ketley Business Park, Waterloo Road, TF1 5HU

Telford: Leegomery Children’s Centre, Pool Farm Avenue, Apley, TF1 6FR

Telford: Sutton Hill Children’s Centre, 103 Southgate, TF7 4HG

Wellington: Wrekin View Children’s Centre, North Road, Wellington, TF1 3ES

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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