Disabled children to receive gifts from Seven Kings group this Christmas

Hardev Sembhi (centre) and Bob Jandoo (right) with fellow Lions and Wilko staff. Picture: Lions Club

Hardev Sembhi (centre) and Bob Jandoo (right) with fellow Lions and Wilko staff. Picture: Lions Club of London Seven Kings - Credit: Archant

Vulnerable children will have a happier Christmas this year, thanks to an organisation’s festive campaign.

The Lions Club of London Seven Kings has created the Redbridge Giving Tree, which will give gifts to 70 youngsters with disabilities.

The children, aged between five and 18, have all been identified through Redbridge’s Early Intervention and Family Support Service.

Bob Jandoo, 48, a former president of the Lions Club branch, said: “The idea was developed by my friend Tajinder Singh Lotay, who didn’t know how to bring it to the table.

“So he got involved and came to one of our meetings and it evolved from there.

“Local Lions wanted to see how they could help those less fortunate than themselves.”

The Lions, who have raised £800 so far, took to the Wilko store in Balfour Road, Ilford, to collect the gifts for the youngsters.

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Each child has made a wish for their own present, up to the value of £15, with items chosen including stationery.

Hardev Sembhi, 55, the president of the club, said: “Collecting numerous presents was extremely satisfying.

“It is an idea we have been developing for some months and it is now becoming a reality.

“I know these presents will be appreciated and I am certain this model will be used again in the coming years.

“It was important to put something back into the community.”

Mr Jandoo added: “Other places do things further afield, but we are working locally.

“Hopefully it is going to bring a smile to their faces.”

Some gifts will be distributed to youngsters through their children’s homes, while others will receive their presents at an event.

To give money for the campaign, visit mydonate.bt.com/events/redbridgegivingtree.

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