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Mayors back Reporter toy appeal

PUBLISHED: 14:26 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 August 2010

GENEROUS: Gravesham Mayor Bronwen McGarrity

GENEROUS: Gravesham Mayor Bronwen McGarrity

THE Reporter Toy Appeal has won support from north Kent s mayors, who have urged residents to continue donating in the run up to Christmas. Gravesham Mayor Bronwen McGarrity and Dartford Mayor Jennifer Rickwood both donated to the appeal this week. Resi

THE Reporter Toy Appeal has won support from north Kent's mayors, who have urged residents to continue donating in the run up to Christmas.

Gravesham Mayor Bronwen McGarrity and Dartford Mayor Jennifer Rickwood both donated to the appeal this week.

Residents, business owners and celebrities including Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph and actress Claire Sweeney have backed the appeal and so far hundreds of toys have been donated and brought into our office in Manor Road, Gravesend.

In the week before Christmas, we plan to deliver the gifts to sick children who will spend the festive season in at Darent Valley Hospital or as a regular outpatient.

Dartford Mayor Jennifer Rickwood, said: "I have visited Darent Valley Hospital on many occasions and seen the children on the wards.

"I urge people to donate to this very worthwhile appeal and I am sure the children would love it at Darent Valley.

"It is important that we all support the local hospital whenever we can and this is one way of doing that."

Bronwen McGarrity, Mayor of Gravesham, also said she supported the appeal, adding: "This is a worthwhile cause.

"All my charities are for local people so it is something I most wholeheartedly agree with."

Over the past two years, hundreds of toys have been donated from across the Kentish Times series area, and readers' generosity has not wavered despite the credit crunch.

In Dartford and Gravesend toys will be donated to Children at Darent Valley Hospital. Bromley, Bexley and Swanley readers will donate to Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Queen Mary's hospital in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Woolwich.

Launching our appeal last month, Claire Sweeney, who is playing the Wicked Witch in Sleeping Beauty at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, said: "This is a wonderful appeal. Please give in your support."

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

HOW TO DONATE

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

Examples of what we want are: puzzles, dolls, 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. Also wanted are posters, pens, colouring sets, musical instruments, TVs, sensory toys, Nintendo game cube games, Nintendo WII and games.

Toys should be plastic so they can be wiped clean. No board games, no small pieces, no soft toys, and no building bricks.

Don't forget to write your name, address and contact number.

Please send gifts or drop them into reception at: Kentish Times Newspapers, Roxby House, Station Road, Sidcup, DA15 7EJ or Kentish Times Newspapers, The Courtyard, 7a Manor Road, Gravesend, DA12 1AA.

E-mail: michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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