Our readers give generously to Christmas toy appeal for charity chYps

PUBLISHED: 10:57 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 December 2013

(l-r) Sharon Robinson and Megan Francis

(l-r) Sharon Robinson and Megan Francis


Warm-hearted Reporter readers will be helping to bring smiles to the faces of seriously ill children this Christmas after a superb response to our charity appeal.

Where to donate

Leave your donations at...

Bennett and Brown, 21-24 Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AS.

Dartford Greek Taverna, 59-65 Hythe Street, Dartford, DA1 1BG.

Maple Leaf Kitchens and Bedrooms, 79 Hythe Street, Dartford, DA1 1BG.

Practical Car and Van Rental, 18 The Brent, Dartford, DA1 1YN.

The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, DA12 2BE and Towncentric, 18a St George’s Square, Gravesend, DA11 0TB.

Alternatively, donate to chYps, which has to raise at least £1.47million every year, at

We are asking you to donate new toys and any unwanted festive gifts to charity chYps, which provides hospice at home care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in Kent and Bexley.

And judging by the piles of toys growing under a Christmas tree at participating business Practical Car and Van Rental in The Brent, Dartford, you are coming through in spades.

Before and after Christmas businesses are collecting the toys, which will go straight to the charity’s patients, and gifts which can be resold will go to its 14 shops across Kent and Bexley.

Megan Francis, 24, an administrator at the car rental company owned by her father David, has already seen toy cars, a craft set and a pull-along crocodile brought in by generous members of the public.

“It’s a very nice thing,” said Megan, who thinks that the toys are guaranteed to make the children smile.

The business is no stranger to supporting chYps, which has its head office in Northfleet – it staged a fundraising night at Dartford Football Club in October.

David learnt of chYps through a father, whose child benefited from its care, and customers raised £800 through donations and competitions.

Megan said: “It’s a local charity.

“We think it’s a really good cause and it needs all the help possible.”

The care it offers, which includes music and play therapy, short breaks for children and respite for parents, is very important, according to Megan.

“It’s a bit different. The children can be cared for at home rather than being stuck in a hospital,” she added.

“I think it’s important they’re able to do that with their families in a place they know.”

For more on chYps, visit or email

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