A Carshalton man and a Wimbledon roofing company are together raising money to purchase vital equipment for children at a Hampton hospice.

Robert Watson, of Boundary Road, needs to match half of the £8,000 required to buy a respirator for Shooting Star Chase in The Avenue, Hampton, with the Paul Strank Charitable Trust in Weir Road, Wimbledon.

But while more than £3,000 has been raised so far through a Christmas toy and homeless people appeal, he still needs help to reach his target.

Mr Watson said he would like to thank everyone who has donated so far.

He said: "We have had donations of money and toys. 

"I've been really surprised by people's generosity. It's people's hard-earned money, especially at this time of year."

A van full of toys delivered to the Royal Marsden Hospital's children's ward forms part of a toy donation made by Mr Watson and others across Sutton and Mitcham.

More than 8,000 children have received both brand-new and second-hand toys since the annual appeal started four years ago.

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