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Fairy Godmother backs great Times Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 16:40 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 12 August 2010

AN ACTRESS playing a panto Fairy Godmother has cast her approval over the Times Christmas Toy Appeal. Helen Lederer (pictured), who is set to bring some magic to this year s pantomime Cinderella at the Churchill, Bromley, has backed this year s appeal.

AN ACTRESS playing a panto Fairy Godmother has cast her approval over the Times Christmas Toy Appeal.

Helen Lederer (pictured), who is set to bring some magic to this year's pantomime Cinderella at the Churchill, Bromley, has backed this year's appeal.

The Ab Fab star and fellow panto stars including High School Musical's Mark Evans and Nickelodeon's Laura Hamilton, are set to personally deliver the loot collected by our kind readers to children's wards in Bromley, Bexley and Kent this Christmas.

The comedian, best known for her role as Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous, said: "Being in hospital any time of the year is difficult, but it is even harder for kids to be in hospital during the festive period.

"This is a great way for the local community to help put a smile on a child's face at Christmas."

Cinderella is at the Churchill from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, January 18.

Last week, Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell praised the appeal and vowed to donate bagfuls of toys and sports stars Andy Fordham and Topsy Ojo from Bexley and Sidcup donated gifts to the appeal.

Already, hundreds of pounds worth of gifts have been dropped into our offices in Sidcup and Gravesend by generous readers.

But this year we want more than ever to make this year's appeal even better than last year's.

Presents will be donated to specific children wards at Princess Royal University Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and will also benefit children receiving out-patient care.

Others will be kept on the paediatric wards where thousands of children pass through each year.

HOW AND WHAT TO GIVE

Toys should be suitable for children aged 0-16 years and come unwrapped, in their original packaging.

* What we don't want: Soft toys or clothes, new infection control guidelines do not allow them.

* 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 and musical instruments.

Please 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.

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