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Times readers get behind our toy appeal

PUBLISHED: 12:12 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

BIG-HEARTED readers have already been delivering sacks full of toys to the Kentish Times offices to kick-start our third Christmas toy appeal. The Times appeal, aims to make life a little more festive for children who are in hospital over Christmas, by

BIG-HEARTED readers have already been delivering sacks full of toys to the Kentish Times offices to kick-start our third Christmas toy appeal.

The Times' appeal, aims to make life a little more festive for children who are in hospital over Christmas, by delivering gifts donated by our generous readers.

We will then deliver the gifts, with the help of someone special to hospitals across the Times' area.

The first reader to donate toys this year was a grandmother from Welling, who spared a thought for children in hospital over the festive season when she did her shopping.

Mrs S Hartnoll of Spingfield Road, Welling, bought two "chubby baby" dolls, a basketball game, a toiletry bag, a watch set, bath bombs and a set of stiletto magnets.

She told the Times: "I had two grandchildren born in those hospitals. My daughter's baby was born at the Princess Royal Hospital in Bromley."

The caring grandmother urged readers to follow in her footsteps.

She said: "It is for children in hospital. It could make their Christmas. Christmas is their time."

The past two years has seen our readers donate thousands of thoughtful gifts. Small businesses and individuals' generosity did not waver despite the economy going on a downward spiral.

And now this year we want our appeal to be as generous as ever and all we ask is for our readers to spare a thought for the children who will not be at home this Christmas.

Play specialists at South London Healthcare NHS Trust have put in a special request for toiletry packs for teenage girls.

All we ask is that readers contribute a toy and send it or bring it to one of our offices and we will make a special delivery to all the hospitals in the area - Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital, in Farnborough, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, and Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford.

Last week the pantomime cast of Sleeping Beauty at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, including Claire Sweeney launched this fresh appeal.

The cast, who begin their rehearsals for this next week, will join our readers in buying an extra special present this Christmas.

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