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Mums' gifts guaranteed to light up a child's eyes

PUBLISHED: 16:25 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:39 12 August 2010

GENEROUS: Donatella Fumagalli and Izabela Hailey.

GENEROUS: Donatella Fumagalli and Izabela Hailey.

TWO mums who run a business providing eco-friendly gifts for children have joined our Christmas Toy Appeal. Donatella Fumagalli and

TWO mums who run a business providing eco-friendly gifts for children have joined our Christmas Toy Appeal.

Donatella Fumagalli and Izabela Hailey, of Chislehurst's Green Owl Toys, have donated two beautiful wooden toys and a puzzle to our appeal.

This will be added to the collection that is growing from generous readers who have been dropping off gifts for children in hospital over the festive period.

All toys donated will be handed over to children in Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Queen Mary's in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth's in Woolwich.

Ms Hailey said: "We hope the toys will fill the children's minds with endless fun and keep them stimulated while in hospital.

"I think the Toy Appeal is a wonderful idea.

"Our lives are so busy that when there is an occasion like this, where just a little effort will go a long way to making someone else's life happier, easier or lighter, I definitely want to be a part of it.

"Just thinking of my kids, how their eyes light up for any present they receive is wonderful. The effect must be a lot greater to those who are unwell and feeling poorly.

"I hope that readers will agree that Christmas is a special time and it would be nice to make others' lives special too. So go on... donate a toy."

Green Owl Toys, which delivers gifts from its website GreenOwlToys.

co.uk, donated a wooden toy

Threadable

Farm, a stacking train and Opposite and Match, a memory card game.

The toys the company supplies help children with hand-eye coordination, writing skills and memory and language development. Ms Hailey added: "We love watching our children develop. We would like them to have the best start in life. We found there were many toy shops but never one that could offer just toys created with a child's development in mind and that is where the idea came for Green Owl Toys."

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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