The Ely community is supporting the toy bank at St Mary’s Church with offers of extra drop-off points for gifts for children whose families are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis this Christmas. 

Among those rallying around to help are Waitrose, Premier Travel, City Cycle Centre, Ely Tourist Office, King’s of Ely, the King’s Arms and West End pubs. 

St Mary’s Church will be open to receive toys and gifts from December 4-13 between 11am-3pm. 
The toy bank opens on Thursday, December 14 from 3pm-8pm, Friday, December 15 from 1.30pm-6.30pm and Saturday, December 16 from 12am-4.30pm. 
Former Ely City councillor, Peter Harris, who founded the toy bank last Christmas with the help of a small group of volunteers, hopes to be able to do more home deliveries this year. 
“I know there are families in need who live in villages around Ely with limited, or in some cases, no access to transport to get to St Mary’s Church while the Toy Bank is open,” said Peter. 
“If they make contact before December 14 and we know the ages of the children, we will be able to set aside suitable gifts for delivery before Christmas.” 
Peter can be contacted on 07889 100357 or by email: 
You can follow Ely’s Santa’s Xmas toy bank on Facebook for regular updates, a full list of collection points and how to volunteer your help.