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Times festive toy appeal snowballs

PUBLISHED: 10:44 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:22 25 August 2010

GENEROUS: Katie’s PlayPen

GENEROUS: Katie's PlayPen

The Times Christmas Toy Appeal continued to snowball this week as generous business owners got involved with our annual plight.

The Times' Christmas Toy Appeal continued to snowball this week as generous business owners got involved with our annual plight.

We went out and about collecting donations from toy shops in the area and everything we were given will be handed to sick children spending the festive period at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.

Sacks full of gifts donated by kind readers have been arriving at Kentish Times HQ for the Toy Appeal which gets better and better year on year. But we still need businesses, residents, councils and MPs to donate whatever they can to bring a smile to a youngster who has to spend the yuletide period on a hospital ward.

Dave Pizzy and his sister Katie, whose parents own Katie's PlayPen in Blackfen Road, Blackfen, generously donated a beautiful Mamas and Papas rocking reindeer worth £70 to the appeal.

Mr Pizzey, 29, said: "Every child deserves a Christmas. The Toy Appeal is a brilliant idea. We wanted to donate because it is giving something back to the community."

Miss Pizzey, 22, said: "Charity starts at home. It's not nice for anyone to be in hospital at any time, especially children at Christmas."

Celebrities, quick off the mark to spot a worthy cause have also thrown their weight the campaign to sprinkle a little joy over those who need it.

Former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney and former Birds of a Feather star Leslie Joseph were both keen to back the appeal.

Ms Sweeney, who is playing the wicked witch Carrion in The Churchill's production of Sleeping Beauty said: "This is a wonderful appeal. Please give it your support."

So please dig deep- you don't have to spend a lot- we know this year is tighter than most but any gift which brings a little happiness is surely priceless.

HOW TO DONATE

TOYS should be suitable for children aged 0-16 years and come unwrapped, in their original packaging. Examples of what we want are: puzzles, dolls, plastic farm animals, arts and crafts, books, cars, train sets, wooden toys, CDs, stereos, personal stereos, DVDs, DVD players, PlayStation 2 games, all sizes of nightwear, baby toys, musical instruments. Also wanted are posters, pens, colouring sets, musical instruments, TVs, sensory toys, Nintendo game cube games, Nintendo WII and games. Toys should be plastic so they can be wiped clean. No board games, no small pieces, no soft toys, and no building bricks.

Don't forget to write your name, address and contact number. Send gifts or drop them into reception at: Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ or Kentish Times Newspapers, The Courtyard, 7a Manor Road, Gravesend, DA12 1AA.

Email: michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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