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TOY APPEAL earns a 10-rating from Len

PUBLISHED: 16:48 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:20 23 August 2010

Dartford
10-09-08
Sunways Travel, Longfield
Len Goodman presents prizes at the shop's 35th anniversary
Len with l/r, mother & daughter Kath and Sarah Embleton from Hextable who won a hamper and Len gave all prize winners a signed copy of his book

Dartford 10-09-08 Sunways Travel, Longfield Len Goodman presents prizes at the shop's 35th anniversary Len with l/r, mother & daughter Kath and Sarah Embleton from Hextable who won a hamper and Len gave all prize winners a signed copy of his book

DANCE guru Len Goodman is urging readers to support our Toy Appeal as we prepare to hand hundreds of gifts to sick children spending Christmas in hospital. Readers have one week to donate toys and the Strictly Come Dancing judge has given our second annu

DANCE guru Len Goodman is urging readers to support our Toy Appeal as we prepare to hand hundreds of gifts to sick children spending Christmas in hospital.

Readers have one week to donate toys and the Strictly Come Dancing judge has given our second annual appeal a 10 out of 10.

Having supported the first ever appeal last year, he said: "The Kentish Times' Christmas Toy Appeal is marvellous idea and anything that makes a child's life happier when they are in hospital over Christmas must be a wonderful thing.

"It is great and that is why I am supporting this again and urging readers to have one last push and donate if you have not already done so."

Len Goodman, 64, who found instant fame when he became head judge of the hit BBC1 show, founded his dance schools in Gravesend and Dartford in the '70s.

As he backed this year's appeal he reminisced about his hospital fundraising days in north Kent.

He added: "Donkeys years ago we did a dance marathon in the '70s. We had to dance for five hours non-stop, we raised lots of money for West Hill Hospital for special beds they needed.

"I am a big fan of Christmas but it is more important for children. When you are young the expectation of getting presents is very exciting.

"The hospitals do as much as they can, the nurses are very kind and caring people and I know they will be grateful for the toys donated by your readers.

"It is easy to forget about people in hospital over Christmas and it is great that the paper is reminding people about this by running the appeal."

Our offices in Gravesend and Sidcup have been swamped with presents by generous readers, business owners, organisations and local dignitaries.

Gifts will be donated to four hospitals in north Kent and south east London during a special had-over with the present you donated going to a hospital in your area.

This week reporters based in our Sidcup head office collected seven sacks of toys from staff in stores along High Street and Main Road, Sidcup.

Staff at Swanley Bakery, in High Street, Sidcup brought in three bags full of toys for the appeal.

Toys will be donated to children's wards at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal Hospital, Bromley, Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, one week before Christmas.

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