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PUBLISHED: 16:20 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 August 2010

CARING: John White, Peter Cunch, Sam Weller, Bert Budge and Terry Cuningham from Hillview and Bellvue Youth Club Reunion Committee.

CARING: John White, Peter Cunch, Sam Weller, Bert Budge and Terry Cuningham from Hillview and Bellvue Youth Club Reunion Committee.

THIS year s Christmas Toy Appeal has received a massive boost with £300 worth of toys being donated by a club during the first week. Members of Hillview and Bellevue Youth Club Reunion Committee made the generous pledge after seeing the appeal was being

THIS year's Christmas Toy Appeal has received a massive boost with £300 worth of toys being donated by a club during the first week.

Members of Hillview and Bellevue Youth Club Reunion Committee made the generous pledge after seeing the appeal was being run for the second year in a row.

Last year the same group donated a similar amount of toys and even contacted the Reporter ahead of our official launch last week to offer their support.

Terry Cunningham, spokesperson for the group, said: "The Reporter Toy Appeal was such a worthwhile event last year we wanted to be part of it.

"The Hillview and Bellevue Youth Club Reunion Committee, along with our sponsors Vigo Haulage and Dolphin Angling Centre are pleased to once again be donating proceeds of our reunion night to the Reporter's Give a Child a Toy at Christmas Appeal."

The reunion raised over £1,000 and money has also been used to buy fishing tackle and a digital camera to the Adolescent Resource Centre as well as shields for the kids to fish for on a monthly basis. Vigo Haulage donated £400 towards mountain bikes for the children at the centre to cycle in France during a visit.

Due to the club's success another reunion is planned for Saturday, October 24 in 2009 at the AEI sports club, with more details to be released next year in the Reporter .

Kentish Times launched the second annual Christmas Toy Appeal after collecting thousands of toys for sick children in hospital during the festive season last year.

To take part in our appeal all we ask is for readers to buy a gift for a sick child and send it in to our offices for us to deliver on your behalf during a special hand-over.

This year former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, 36, launched our appeal, saying: "My message to all children in hospital this Christmas is just get well soon and you are being very brave - just keep it up. I wish you all a merry Christmas."

Toys pledged for our appeal will go directly to the hospital in your area, for the newspaper you buy or receive through your door.

This week children's television presenter Chris Till visited our new office to donate to the appeal.

He said: "Me and all the rest of the Fun Song Crew support the Kentish Times Toy Appeal. It's a worthy cause so please give generously. Remember there are families who aren't as fortunate over Christmas. It's a hard time for everybody but please, give as little or as much as you can."

In Dartford and Gravesend toys will benefit children at Darent Valley Hospital.

Bromley readers will donate to Princess Royal University Hospital and in Bexley and Swanley Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.

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