Nov 13 2012 By Mhairi Macfarlane
CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and we are calling on our readers to get in the festive spirit by buying a gift for our Toy Appeal 2012.
All the gifts from our generous readers will be delivered to patients in Jack’s Place children’s ward, at Northwick Park Hospital in Watford Road, Harrow, in time for Christmas.
A small present can make a big difference to a child, but we can only do it with your help.
Councillor Bill Stephenson, the outgoing leader of Harrow Council, who is once again supporting our appeal, said: “I am very happy to support the Harrow Observer’s Toy Appeal, which provides presents for children ill in hospital over Christmas.
“It is humbling to see so many local residents donate toys for such a worthy cause. It is very much in the Harrow tradition and I urge everybody to support this appeal and do even better than last year.”
This year’s appeal also has the backing of Harrow’s own Olympian, Richard Hounslow, who scooped a silver medal in a canoe slalom event and will be playing Santa by delivering the gifts to the hospital.
Previous local celebrities who have got involved in the appeal have included television presenter Fearne Cotton, singer-songwriter Kate Nash, indie chart-topping band Scouting for Girls and former X Factor contestant Johnny Robinson who handed out the presents last year.
The gifts, which must be new and can be for a boy or girl, can be dropped off at any of Harrow’s 11 libraries during opening hours until Wednesday, December 12.