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Peter Andre backs Kentish Times Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:33 04 November 2010 | UPDATED: 11:57 05 November 2010

Peter Andre

Peter Andre

Archant

Pop star and 2010 Celebrity Dad of the Year Peter Andre has launched the Kentish Times’ fourth Christmas Toy Appeal.

Peter Andre

The singer kick started our festive appeal which has already seen hundreds of toys and gifts donated by generous readers to sick children in hospital. Our appeal has also seen Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman pledge his support and this year he vowed to get his co stars and celebrity contestants involved.

Peter Andre, a father of two children with his ex wife, glamour model Katie Price, also helped look after her son Harvey, who has a condition called septo-optic dysplasia, which means he needs round the clock care.

He took time out of his busy schedule to talk to the Times at the signing of his new single Defender at Bexleyheath ASDA on Friday, and generously donated a signed guitar to the appeal, which we will auction to raise money for even more toys.

He said: “This is a fantastic idea and its great for children to get these toys while they are in hospital. This is a fantastic idea and it’s great for children to get these toys while they are in hospital over Christmas.

“I fully support it and everyone should get behind it.

“With Harvey there’s been times at Christmas when he has been in hospital and I know how hard it is.”

During the past three years, generous Bexley Times readers have donated thousands of gifts to sick children at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, the Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough and Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Woolwich, and again we are asking readers to spare a thought for the children who will not be home for Christmas.

As Peter signed thousands of singles for screaming fans who queued through the night to meet him he added: “There is a song by Arrested Development where he says two dollars means a snack for me, but it means a big deal to you. This is something that really could mean so much to someone.”

Dance guru Len Goodman, from Greenhithe, who is in the middle of a hectic filming schedule for the hit BBC1 show, is confident the outspoken panel of judges Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel-Horwood and Alesha Dixon will contribute alongside hosts Bruce Forsyth, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

He said: “I am proud and honoured to get behind The Kentish Times’ Toy Appeal again this year.” We are inviting readers to make a bid for Peter’s fab donation. He signed the box containing the guitar and we pledge to put the highest amount raised into the

Appeal coffers. So if you fancy owning Peter’s guitar contact ed.riley@archant.co.uk or michael.adkins@archant.co.uk with your bids. Closing date is December 8.


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