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Festive Times Toy Appeal snowballs

PUBLISHED: 16:55 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 August 2010

HEARTFELT: Gary Crawford donates to our appeal.

HEARTFELT: Gary Crawford donates to our appeal.

The Times Toy Appeal continued to snowball this week as generous business owners got involved. We went out and about collecting donations

The Times Toy Appeal continued to snowball this week as generous business owners got involved.

We went out and about collecting donations from toy shops in the area and everything we were given will be handed to sick children spending the festive period at the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.

Sacks full of gifts donated by kind readers have been arriving at Kentish Times HQ for the Toy Appeal which gets better and better year on year. But we still need businesses, residents, councils and MPs to donate whatever they can to bring a smile to a youngster who has to spend the yuletide period on a hospital ward.

Gary Crawford, 43, who owns Beckenham Toys, in High Street, Beckenham donated three games which are sure to make the time in hospital that little bit better for some sick tots.

He said: "This is a really good cause. We already donate to schools so we were happy to give something to the Toy Appeal. The last thing you want is children in hospital over Christmas so anything that will make it a bit more enjoyable is a good thing.

"People should put themselves in the shoes of someone who has a child in hospital over Christmas and think about how they would feel about it."

Celebrities, quick off the mark to spot a worthy cause have also thrown their weight the campaign to sprinkle a little joy over those who need it.

Former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney and former Birds of a Feather star Leslie Joseph were both keen to back the appeal.

So please dig deep- you don't have to spend a lot- we know this year is tighter than most but any gift which brings a little happiness is surely priceless.

HOW TO DONATE

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

Examples of what we want are: puzzles, dolls, 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. Also wanted are posters, pens, colouring sets, musical instruments, TVs, sensory toys, Nintendo game cube games, Nintendo WII and games.

Toys should be plastic so they can be wiped clean. No board games, no small pieces, no soft toys, and no building bricks.

Don't forget to write your name, address and contact number.

Please send gifts or drop them into reception at: Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ or Kentish Times Newspapers, The Courtyard, 7a Manor Road, Gravesend, DA12 1AA.

E-mail: michael.adkins@archant.co.uk


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