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Pupils back our Toy Appeal for sick children in hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:29 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 17:25 25 August 2010

GENEROUS: Tahmid Malik, Angus Young, Joshua Woodgate, Jay Akran and Robbie Mooney of

GENEROUS: Tahmid Malik, Angus Young, Joshua Woodgate, Jay Akran and Robbie Mooney of

GENEROUS children and their parents jumped at the chance to get involved in our Toy Appeal to bring a sparkle of happiness to sick children.

GENEROUS children and their parents jumped at the chance to get involved in our Toy Appeal to bring a sparkle of happiness to sick children.

Year Seven pupils from Hurstmere School in Hurst Road, Sidcup, donated more than 100 toys to our cause to help poorly little ones spending the festive period in hospital.

Head of year Paul Bolter said: "We like the Year Seven boys to give something to the community at Christmas and we thought this was a very worthy cause.

"People should remember that Christmas isn't a happy time of the year for everyone and some people are less fortunate that others. It's good to get involved in anything that will cheer them up."

Meanwhile, youngsters from Hawes Down Infants School in The Mead, West Wickham, brought boxfuls of gifts to school with them.

The lovely presents will be given to sick tots in Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford.

Deputy Head Janet Sturley said: "I have to say that the children and their families are so generous when we have an appeal like this, particularly for children in hospital over Christmas.

"It's a good way for parents to talk to their children about how lucky they are.

"The Toy Appeal is such a worthwhile cause.

"Do get involved, it's so easy if you're out shopping just to get one extra gift. If everyone gives just a little, you end up with a lot. It's an easy way to contribute."

The capital's youth ambassador has urged readers to "please, please" get involved in our appeal to make children's lives brighter this Christmas. London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley James Cleverly donated a recycling 'city truck' to the appeal - which is our third.

Mr Cleverly said: "This is a really great way of making sure that as many children as possible get a wonderful Christmas.

"It is easy to overlook the fact that too many children in and around London still don't have the opportunities they deserve.

"And this is my little way of making at least one child's Christmas that little bit better.

"If you are out Christmas shopping, that one extra little toy in the basket is so easy for you to get.

"It is a really lovely appeal and please, please get involved."

On Tuesday, we took some presents to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich with players from Charlton Athletic Football Club.

See next week's Times for a Toy Appeal picture special.

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