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Beckenham schoolgirl goes without for her poorly peers

PUBLISHED: 12:04 09 December 2010

Annabella Ivy Welch aged 7

Annabella Ivy Welch aged 7

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A schoolgirl was so moved by the Times' Toy Appeal that she has donated one of her own Christmas presents.

Kind-hearted Annabella Ivy Welch, seven, from Langley Waterside, Beckenham, said that she wanted to give one of the gifts that she would have opened on Christmas Day after her mother Margo told her about the appeal.

Her generous donation will join a growing mountain of toys that will be given to poorly children at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough by panto star Melinda Messenger next Friday, as well as at Queen Mary’s, Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth, Woolwich and the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

Annabella, who attends Unicorn Primary School, Creswell Drive, Beckenham, told the Times: “I wanted to give one of my toys this Christmas because I wanted to make someone else’s Christmas really happy and special for them.

“The children in hospital won’t be with thier families so I hope my toy makes them happy.”

The good deed is certain to ensure Annabella fares well with Santa this year.

She added: “I am most looking forward to opening my biggest present on Christmas Day, but I don’t know what it will be.”

Her mum, Margo Welch, who set up the Bromley Privilege card scheme that works with businesses in the borough, said: “Because I feel close to the community with my work I realise how valuable action like this is and that is why I told my daughter about it.

“There are children in hospital at Christmas, away from their family, who have quite nasty illnesses, so if this brings them a little festive cheer then it is 
wonderful.”

The Toy Appeal, in its fourth year, aims to bring a smile to the faces of poorly youngsters on children’s wards in the Kentish Times area.

It is not too late for readers and groups to get involved — simply drop in any toys and gifts unwrapped to the Churchill Theatre, Bromley or the Times offices in Roxby House, Station Road, 
Sidcup.

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