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Panto gets in on the act

PUBLISHED: 12:03 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

TWO of the stars from this year s Christmas Pantomime have added their support to the Toy Appeal. Victoria Scott and Paul James, two of the perfromers from Gravesham s Christmas panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, have joined former Spice Girl and chi

TWO of the stars from this year's Christmas Pantomime have added their support to the Toy Appeal.

Victoria Scott and Paul James, two of the perfromers from Gravesham's Christmas panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, have joined former Spice Girl and children's author Geri Halliwell, children's presenter Chris Till and a growing number of generous residents in backing this year's toy appeal.

Singer Victoria, who is playing Snow White, donated a toy to the appeal before switching on the Gravesend Christmas lights on Saturday.

She said: "I'm really pleased to be involved with the appeal and if we can bring a bit of happiness to some sick children then that's what Christmas is all about.

"I'd like to ask everybody in the community to give to this worthwhile cause. Anything that you can spare would be greatly appreciated."

On Saturday she donated several presents, including a Snow White toy which she said she could not resist buying considering her appearance at Woodville Halls this year.

Victoria was joined by her co-star BBC Radio Kent's Saturday Carry On presenter Paul James, who will be playing the role of the King.

He said: "The Toy Appeal is a brilliant idea. It will bring a big dose of Christmas cheer to all of the local children who are ill over the festive period.

"I'd encourage everyone to put their hands in their pockets and give whatever they can to help out.

"If everyone gave just one toy it would give all of the children a Christmas they will never forget."

The response so far has been overwhelming but there is still plenty of time to donate to this worthy cause.

Shops and businesses are also getting involved in the appeal. Crafty Mitts Arts and Crafts Activity Centre, Milton Road, Gravesend, is to hold a Tea Party hosted by Fun Song Factory presenter Chris Till on December 6.

The event starts at noon and will include a tea party, arts and crafts activities and a complimentary toy.

Tickets cost £20 and all proceeds will go to the Reporter's toy appeal. To book a place call Sharon Taylor on 07938 772902.

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