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Mayoral support for Times' TOY APPEAL

PUBLISHED: 11:34 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010

PICTURED are assistant editor Michael Adkins, the Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham Ken Jones and his wife Evelyn, Mayor of Dartford Ian Armitt and reporter Jason Goodyer.

PICTURED are assistant editor Michael Adkins, the Mayor and Mayoress of Gravesham Ken Jones and his wife Evelyn, Mayor of Dartford Ian Armitt and reporter Jason Goodyer.

THE Kentish Times Toy Appeal has been given the official mayoral seal of approval. Gravesham mayor Ken Jones and his Dartford counterpart Ian Armitt visited our office on Monday to donate to the appeal. Hundreds of toys have now been donated by kind re

THE Kentish Times' Toy Appeal has been given the official mayoral seal of approval.

Gravesham mayor Ken Jones and his Dartford counterpart Ian Armitt visited our office on Monday to donate to the appeal.

Hundreds of toys have now been donated by kind readers, business owners, pantomime stars, community leaders and celebrities despite the credit crunch.

We plan to deliver the gifts to sick children who will spend the festive season in hospital or as a regular out-patient.

Mr Jones said: "It's a grand idea to give a happy Christmas to help all the children who are less fortunate than others.

"We hope that these presents will give them pleasure over the Christmas period. We do hope a lot of Gravesham residents will find themselves able to contribute to this worthy cause."

It is now five weeks into the appeal and the toys have been flooding in thick and fast but there is still time to donate a toy and make a child's Christmas special.

In Dartford and Gravesend toys will be donated to children at Darent Valley Hospital.

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

Mr Armitt said: "At this time of the year and in the current financial difficulties it is very easy to forget others especially those children unfortunate enough to find themselves in hospital over the Christmas period.

"One way to make their stay more pleasant is for them to receive a special toy on Christmas Day which could only have come direct from Father Christmas.

"I am delighted to support the Kentish Times' Toy Appeal and urge all of your readers to donate a toy so that perhaps, even if only for a short while, a youngster can forget where he or she is. I wish all of the Kentish Times readers a very happy Christmas."

Kentish Times Newspapers would like to thank all those who have already kindly donated to this year's appeal.

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.

l 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.

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