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Caring schoolboy gives away his gifts to back Times’ TOY APPEAL

PUBLISHED: 14:49 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

WELL DONE: Little Ryley Clarson is an example to us all. He has donated some of his unused toys to brighten up Christmas for sick children in hospital.

WELL DONE: Little Ryley Clarson is an example to us all. He has donated some of his unused toys to brighten up Christmas for sick children in hospital.

READERS have responded to our Christmas Toy Appeal with heart warming generosity despite the credit crunch. The Kentish Times received dozens of toys this week that will be donated to children stuck in hospital wards over Christmas in Dartford, Bexley, B

READERS have responded to our Christmas Toy Appeal with heart warming generosity despite the credit crunch.

The Kentish Times received dozens of toys this week that will be donated to children stuck in hospital wards over Christmas in Dartford, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

Little Ryley Clarson, seven, of Ridgeway West, Blackfen, visited our offices with his mother on Monday to deliver books and board games to our appeal.

The Wyborne School pupil said: "If the children in the hospital get these toys, they will have a fun and playful Christmas instead of a boring Christmas."

His mother, Louise Giddings, 31, added: "Ryley had a lot of toys he's never even opened - now we've got more space in the house and we're happy they're going to get used."

All presents given to our appeal will be donated directly to children at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, The Princess Royal University Hospital, Bromley, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, days before Christmas.

The appeal was launched by 'Ginger Spice' Geri Halliwell in November has since received donations from Eurovision champ, Cheryl Baker and Sidcup's own England rugby player, Topsy Ojo.

The news desk has also been flooded with toys sent in by generous readers.

The Reed Family, of Sandpiper Drive, Slade Green, sent in a colourful baby's toy car, whilst Friends DVDs were sent from Greenhithe that will be perfect for bored teenagers stuck in hospital.

Mrs A Radwell, of Park Grove, Bexleyheath, sent in four gifts, including arts and crafts kits and a farmyard noughts and crosses set.

Janice Buggy, of Montrose Avenue, Sidcup, sent in two illustrated children's books, and a generous reader from Chelfield sent in a Beano jigsaw puzzle, children's jewellery and light-up Frisbee.

Bagfuls of toys have also been delivered by generous readers at our Gravesend office.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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