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Pupils back Times Toy Appeal for sick children in hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:27 12 August 2010

GENEROUS: Pupils of Hawes Down Infant School with their gifts.

GENEROUS: Pupils of Hawes Down Infant School with their gifts.

GENEROUS children and their parents jumped at the chance to get involved in the Times Toy Appeal to bring a sparkle of happiness to sick children. Youngsters from Hawes Down Infants School in The Mead, West Wickham, brought gifts to school with them in

GENEROUS children and their parents jumped at the chance to get involved in the Times Toy Appeal to bring a sparkle of happiness to sick children.

Youngsters from Hawes Down Infants School in The Mead, West Wickham, brought gifts to school with them in support of our cause to help poorly little ones spending the festive period in hospital.

The lovely presents will be given to sick tots in Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford.

Deputy head Janet Sturley said: "The children and their families are so generous when we have an appeal like this, particularly for children in hospital over Christmas. It's a good way for parents to talk to their children about how lucky they are.

"The Toy Appeal is such a worthwhile cause. Do get involved, it's so easy if you're out shopping just to get one extra gift. If everyone gives just a little you end up with a lot. It's an easy way to contribute."

Meanwhile the capital's youth ambassador has urged readers to please get involved in our appeal to make children's lives brighter this Christmas.

London Assembly Member for Bexley and Bromley James Cleverly donated a recycling 'city truck' to the Kentish Times' third toy appeal.

Mr Cleverly said: "This is a really great way of making sure that as many children as possible get a wonderful Christmas. Because it is easy to overlook the fact that too many children in and around London still don't have the opportunities they deserve. And this is my little way of making at least one child's Christmas that little bit better.

"If you are out Christmas shopping, that one extra little toy in the basket is so easy for you to do. It is a really lovely appeal and please, please get involved."

On Tuesday, we took some presents to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich with players from Charlton Football Club. See next week's Times for a Toy Appeal picture special.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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