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'Tis the season to be giving

PUBLISHED: 16:29 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

GENEROUS: Laura Balcombe and Sue Knights from Abbey hand over toys to our appeal.

GENEROUS: Laura Balcombe and Sue Knights from Abbey hand over toys to our appeal.

TRADERS made a huge difference to children stuck in hospital this Christmas by buying dozens of presents for our Toy Appeal.

TRADERS made a huge difference to children stuck in hospital this Christmas by buying dozens of presents for our Toy Appeal.

Our reporters collected seven sacks of toys from staff in stores along High Street and Main Road, Sidcup, this week.

Meanwhile a steady flow of gifts for children stuck in south east London's hospital wards have been arriving at the Kentish Times' offices.

Sally Goodrich, an employee at The Card Factory, said: "It's a brilliant idea.

"It is nice that even around this credit crunch shop workers are willing to donate to the children."

Staff at Swanley Bakery, in High Street, Sidcup brought in three bags full of toys for the appeal.

Our appeal also received a whole raft of toys from the generous staff at community charity Trust Thamesmead.

The Trust's Receptionist, June Wells said: "I'm not big on presents but it was nice to give something to the children -doing something nice makes you feel nice.

"Christmas is about giving after all."

Marketing and Communications Officer, Julia Hickson said: "It is nice to know that something little may go a long way on Christmas day.

"We wish all the children who will be in hospital a Merry Christmas - we hope 2009 is your year!"

Toys will be donated to children's wards at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, one week before Christmas.

HOW AND WHAT TO DONATE

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

* What we don't want: Soft toys or clothes, new infection control guidelines do not allow them.

* Examples of what we do want: puzzles, dolls, board games, 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.

* Send gifts to: Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ or Kentish Times Newspapers, The Courtyard, Unit 4 7A Manor Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AA.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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