Tot's mum backs our Times TOY APPEAL
PUBLISHED: 13:41 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:44 25 August 2010
THE mother of a three-year-old boy being treated in a children s ward has supported our toy appeal to make Christmas extra special for a sick child this festive season.
THE mother of a three-year-old boy being treated in a children's ward has supported our toy appeal to make Christmas extra special for a sick child this festive season.
George Hills, of Pentstemon Drive, Swanscombe, was admitted to Darent Valley Hospital last Sunday with suspected viral meningitis.
But after a check up from doctors, he was diagnosed with the less serious conditions of tonsillitis, gastroenteritis and laryngitis.
His mum, Victoria Hills, 32, said: "We first noticed something was wrong after we noticed lots of purple marks on his body, which we thought was a sign of meningitis. But thankfully though after he was admitted to hospital we found he wasn't suffering from that.
"He is slowly getting back to his old self, and he has been visited by all of his family - his nan and granddad are here today and we are all giving him our support.
"We are hoping that George will be out soon and that he won't be in here until Christmas. But if he was, nothing would cheer him up as much as getting given toys.
"What child doesn't love them? It's a good appeal, and I hope that people can continue to donate, as for any child in hospital over Christmas it will make then happy."
If George is in hospital over Christmas, he will be one of the many children, who will benefit from the Toy Appeal.
The Kentish Times' appeal has already received support from former Spice Girl and children's author Geri Halliwell, TV presenter and star of 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz Cheryl Baker, darts legend Andy Fordham and panto stars across the Kentish Times' news patch.
Halliwell launched our appeal by saying: "My message to all children in hospital this Christmas is just get well soon and you are being very brave - just keep it up. I wish you all a Merry Christmas."
For readers in Dartford and Gravesend toys will benefit children at Darent Valley Hospital. Bromley readers will donate to Princess Royal Hospital and in Bexley and Swanley Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
How to donate
Toys should be suitable for children aged 0-16 years and come unwrapped, in their original packaging.
l What we don't want: Soft toys or clothes, new infection control guidelines do not allow them.
l Examples of what we do want: puzzles, dolls, board games, 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.
l Send gifts to: Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ or Kentish Times Newspapers, The Courtyard, Unit 4 7A Manor Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AA.