When tickets for his Christmas Eve show at the Rainbow Theatre were put on sale, David made a public appeal for concertgoers to bring toys with them as a charity donation. The response was fantastic, as David’s drummer Woody Woodmansey remembers:
“David’s toy appeal created more response than we could have imagined. There was a huge truckload of stuff. We hadn’t done anything like that since the Save the Whale benefit concert much earlier on.” (Royal Festival Hall, London, July 8 1972)
The very next day, Christmas morning, the goodwill mountain of toys and games that had stacked up in the venue’s foyer was distributed to appreciative youngsters in children’s homes across London.
David was delighted. His father, who had passed away three years earlier, had been a public relations officer for Dr Barnardo Homes. So this was a cause close to his heart.