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Traders give us sackfuls of toys

PUBLISHED: 14:27 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 25 August 2010

GENEROUS: Donations pour in fron Nelson Guest and Partners Solicitors in Sidcup High Street.

GENEROUS: Donations pour in fron Nelson Guest and Partners Solicitors in Sidcup High Street.

TRADERS made a huge difference to children stuck in hospital this Christmas by buying dozens of presents to the Times Toy Appeal.

TRADERS made a huge difference to children stuck in hospital this Christmas by buying dozens of presents to the Times' Toy Appeal.

Our reporters collected seven sacks of toys from staff in stores along High Street and Main Road, Sidcup, this week.

Meanwhile a steady flow of gifts for children stuck in south east London's hospital wards have been arriving at the Kentish Times' offices.

Sally Goodrich, an employee at The Card Factory, said: "I think it's a brilliant idea.

"It is nice that even around this credit crunch shop workers are willing to donate to the children."

Staff at Swanley Bakery, in High Street, Sidcup brought in three bags full of toys for the appeal.

Our appeal also received a whole raft of toys from the generous staff at community charity Trust Thamesmead.

The Trust's receptionist, June Wells, said: "I'm not big on presents but it was nice to give something to the children - doing something nice makes you feel nice.

"Christmas is about giving after all."

Marketing and communications officer, Julia Hickson, said: "It is nice to know that something little may go a long way on Christmas day. We wish all the children who will be in hospital a Merry Christmas - we hope 2009 is your year!"

Toys will be donated to children's wards at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, one week before Christmas.

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