OUR Toys for Joy appeal now has the X Factor. South Norwood teenager Hannah Barrett, who reached the final five of the ITV signing contest, will be helping to hand your donations to kids at Croydon University Hospital on Tuesday morning. She will be joined by the stars of Fairfield Halls' panto Peter Pan - including EastEnders' Phil Mitchell, Steve McFadden - and Father Christmas. So far, Advertiser readers and Croydon business have been donating toys by the sackload, to help spread a little festive cheer to those who find themselves in hospital at what should be the most wonderful time of the year. Among the businesses to pledge support are Kiddicare, the children's store which opened on the Purley Way earlier this year. Bilkis Oladokun, the store's customer service team leader, said they would be delighted to donate toys to the appeal. She said: "We like to get involved with local good causes as much as possible and we thought this would be a good way of supporting the community at Christmas."There is still time to donate toys to the appeal. They must either be new or nearly new and in pristine condition. Toys can be for babies, toddlers or older children up to 17-years-old. But, if you are wrapping your gifts please make sure you label who they are for, an approximate age and whether it is for a boy or girl. We cannot accept soft toys for hygiene reasons. You can bring your presents to the NHS Croydon building at 12-18 Lennard Road, Croydon, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.
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