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PUBLISHED: 16:21 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

A CHARITY is appealing for people to fill shoeboxes with gifts for people who are still suffering from the Chernobyl disaster. Donors are asked to make up a box for a girl or boy, a family, mother and father, or a man or woman. Suggested items include

A CHARITY is appealing for people to fill shoeboxes with gifts for people who are still suffering from the Chernobyl disaster.

Donors are asked to make up a box for a girl or boy, a family, mother and father, or a man or woman.

Suggested items include clothing, toys, puzzles, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair accessories, jewellery, pens and paper, underwear and cuddly toys.

Anyone who wants to send a box should attach a note stating who it is designed for and, in the case of a child, write the age and sex.

If you enclose in the box a self addressed envelope the recipient may like to reply as many of them are learning English.

Boxed bulk items such as clothing, toiletries, stationery, toys, books and educational materials, bicycles, computers, musical instruments and sewing machines are also welcome.

The following items cannot be included as they are considered hazardous by shipping companies: roll on or spray deodorant, hair spray, aftershave, perfume, nail varnish, matches or lighters, medicines, medical equipment and any type of food.

Boxes can be dropped off at TMC Gas Power's workshop behind the former Flight petrol station, Main Road, Biggin Hill between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday until Thursday, July 2.

Anyone who wants information on the appeal should visit www.bigginlions.2ya.com or phone Malcolm Lowing on 01959 576628.

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