Toys lost on London Underground donated to Salvation Army

14:26 23 November 2012

Transport for London has donated more than 300 toys from its lost property office to the Salvation Army. Picture: TfL

Transport for London has donated more than 300 toys from its lost property office to the Salvation Army. Picture: TfL

Archant

A mountain of children’s toys collected by Transport for London’s (TfL) lost property office have been donated to The Salvation Army just in time for Christmas.

For the sixth year running, TfL have given over 300 lost toys to the Deptford branch of The Salvation Army as part of their Christmas Present Appeal. The charity will now work alongside Lewisham Council to distribute the toys to those who may otherwise have gone without this festive period.

All the toys, ranging from dolls and play sets, to board games and electronic gadgets, had been left on the London transport network and had gone unclaimed for over three months.

Paul Cowan, Operations Performance Manager of the Lost Property Office, said: “It is a sad fact that many children go without at this time of year. It is great to be able to provide a little bit of joy and excitement for those who may not be as fortunate as others.”

“It is also satisfying knowing that although the toys have not been given to their original owners, they will still be loved and enjoyed just the same.”

Captain Kevin Stanbury of The Salvation Army’s Deptford Community Centre, said:

“We work in the heart of the community and with the increase in the cost of living, many people that we work with were struggling to see how they would be able to give even the most basic gift to their children. This donation means that children who would have gone without this year will now have gifts to open on Christmas morning. It really does make a difference!”

The TfL lost property office has received over 15 million items since it was established in 1933. Last year, over 220,000 items were handed in with many strange items including false teeth, wedding dresses, a puffer fish, breast implants, an urn of ashes and even a parachute ending up in the office.

Around a quarter of items found on the network are restored to their owner but items not claimed are donated to charities or sold at auction.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Thursday, April 2, 2015
This photograph was taken by Twitter user @danel20011

Over 100 firefighters are tackling a huge blaze at an industrial unit on Park Royal’s West Road.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
The victim was kidnapped after he left a nightclub in Leicester Square [Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images]

A vicious kidnap gang who tortured their victim with knives and a hot iron during a terrifying 36 -hour ordeal have been jailed for a total of 60 years.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Passenger at Euston station were left stranded after the fatality (Pic: Getty Images)

Services between Euston and Tring are up and running again, after an earlier fatality at Hemel Hempstead forced rail bosses to suspend journeys.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Stevie the Fox will not be coming to London (Pic: Getty Images

A pop-up fox café has been cancelled after an outcry from animal rights campaigners.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
[Photograph by Carl Cullinane]

A massive underground fire that brought Holborn to a standstill yesterday afternoon is still burning, even though firefighters have been on the scene since noon yesterday.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Vroom! You could be emmersed in the action at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship fires into Brands Hatch on 17/18/19 April for one of the most anticipated seasons in recent years as 39 riders are set for two fierce contests on the 1.2 mile Indy circuit.

Read more