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PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

BUMPER: A delighted Ryley Clarkson with toys donated for last year’s appeal.

BUMPER: A delighted Ryley Clarkson with toys donated for last year's appeal.

BIG-HEARTED readers have already been delivering sacks full of toys to the Kentish Times offices to kick-start our third Christmas toy appeal. The Times appeal aims to make life a little more festive for children who are in hospital over Christmas, by

BIG-HEARTED readers have already been delivering sacks full of toys to the Kentish Times offices to kick-start our third Christmas toy appeal.

The Times' appeal aims to make life a little more festive for children who are in hospital over Christmas, by delivering gifts donated by our generous readers.

We will then deliver the toys, with the help of someone special, to hospitals across the Times area.

The first reader to donate toys this year was a grandmother from Welling, who spared a thought for children in hospital when she did her shopping.

Mrs S Hartnoll, of Spingfield Road, Welling, bought two "chubby baby" dolls, a basketball game, a toiletry bag, a watch set, bath bombs and a set of stiletto magnets.

She said: "I had two grandchildren born in those hospitals. My daughter's baby was born at Princess Royal Hospital."

The caring grandmother urged readers to follow in her footsteps. She said: "It is for children in hospital. It could make their Christmas. Christmas is their time." The past two years have seen our readers donate thousands of thoughtful gifts. Small businesses and individuals' generosity did not waver despite the economy going on a downward spiral.

This year we want our appeal to be as generous as ever. All we ask is for our readers to spare a thought for the children who will not be at home this Christmas.

Play specialists at South London Healthcare NHS Trust have put in a special request for toiletry packs for teenage girls.

All readers need to do is to bring their gifts to one of our offices and we will make a special delivery to all the hospitals in the area - Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital, in Farnborough, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, and Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford.

Last week, the pantomime cast of Sleeping Beauty at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, including Claire Sweeney, launched this fresh appeal.

The cast, who begin their rehearsals next week, will join our readers in buying an extra special present this Christmas.

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