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Eurovision queen Cheryl backs Times’ Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 12:21 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

LONDON - APRIL 21:  (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Cheryl Baker arrives at the World Charity premiere of 'Three And Out' at the Odeon cinema, Leicester Square on April 21, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON - APRIL 21: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Cheryl Baker arrives at the World Charity premiere of 'Three And Out' at the Odeon cinema, Leicester Square on April 21, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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A TV presenter and star of 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz is backing the Kentish Times Toy Appeal. Cheryl Baker is urging residents to support the appeal for children that will provide them with a present if they are in hospital over Christmas. Mrs Baker w

A TV presenter and star of 1980s pop group Bucks Fizz is backing the Kentish Times' Toy Appeal.

Cheryl Baker is urging residents to support the appeal for children that will provide them with a present if they are in hospital over Christmas.

Mrs Baker was reminded of when she was a child and her younger brother had to spend Christmas in hospital.

She said: "I have been lucky enough never to have been in hospital at Christmas, but my younger brother Gary was. I remember how he cried to come home, but cheered up enormously when Santa paid a visit.

"Gestures like this cost us little or nothing yet mean so very much to children in hospital at Christmas. These kids are desperate to be home, and hospitals like Darent Valley do their very best to make the children's stay as Christmassy as possible.

"I think the Toys For Kids appeal is a great idea, and congratulate Darent Valley Hospital once again for being so caring and supportive of it's young patients."

Mrs Baker is also patron of Darent Valley's Lollypop Appeal which aims to provide a specialist children's ward.

She added: "One of my own twin daughters needed special care when she was born. Without that care, she may not have been with us now."

Mrs Baker shot to fame with pop group Bucks Fizz after winning the Eurovision Song Contest twice.

This week Chris Jagger, brother of Sir Mick of the legendary Rolling Stones, also backed the campaign.

The 60-year-old who tours with his own band Atcha! is currently recording at Sphere Studio's in Battersea.

He said: "It's a great idea for an appeal. Anything that passes the time in a hospital or a waiting room for the children is definitely a bonus.

"It's great that people are stepping in like this, I mean the NHS can't do everything. It's great the paper is using its role in the community for such a good cause."

For the Kentish Times Newspapers Christmas Toy Appeal those who donate in north Kent will benefit children at Darent Valley Hospital.

Bromley readers will support children at Princess Royal Hospital; in Bexley and Swanley, Queen Mary's Hospital, and in Woolwich Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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