People were invited to a toy store last week for a ‘grab a gift’ extravagance.

Last Sunday (December 1) the Norwood Toy Sweep Committee invited 60 children and their families to Smyths Toys in Staples Corner, Hendon, for their annual ‘toy sweep’.

The sweep, which is in its 19th year, saw doughnuts, balloon modelling and plenty to do before the children and their families were able to choose what toys they wanted.

All of the money raised from these activities provided a Smyths voucher for each child, with the balance used by the staff at Norwood’s services to buy new resources. 

Debra Kleinman, chairwoman of the committee, said: “My committee works hard throughout the year. 

“The Toy Sweep is a fantastic event and there’s a lot to organise and lots of volunteers involved in making it happen. But ultimately, the children’s smiles on the day make it all worthwhile.”