CHOICES (previously know as North Kent Women’s Aid) is a charity that provides safe refuge for the woman and children of Dartford and Gravesend that have had to leave their home as a result of domestic abuse.  For these families Christmas can be a particularly difficult time which is why this year various local community groups are coming together for one month to ask you to make a difference to a child affected by domestic abuse.  We are asking local residents and businesses to donate NEW toys and children’s book (also vouchers, wrapping paper, toiletries and non-perishable food) so that these can be distributed to the affected children in time for Christmas. Whether its an unwanted gift or a toy that you Bought and want to donate every donation will go straight to an affected child in one of the four refuges that CHOICES run in Dartford and Gravesend.  You can drop off toys and gifts at any of the following locations between 17 November and 18 December.

Dartford Toy Appeal

St Edmunds Church Living Well, St Edmunds Road, Dartford DA1 5ND – 01322 311201 (Centre Office), Monday 8am-8pm, Tuesday 7am-6pm, Wednesday 8am-6pm, Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Sunday 9am-12pm

Stone Parish Council Office, Stone Pavilion, Hayes Road, Stone, Greenhithe DA9 9DS – 01322 384400, 9am -5pm everyday and late night until 9pm Wednesday and Thursday

Stephen Oliver Gallery, Orchard Centre, High Street, Dartford – 01322 278674, Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

The Darling Buds of May Florist, 33 Chastilian Road, Dartford DA1 3JP – 01322 229373, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm Wed 9am-12pm

Dartfordcommunitygroup     dartfordliving.com   dartfordmatters.com   stephen-oliver-art.co.uk

About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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