Truckload of joy for kids

WINNING a truck-load of new toys was no game for one boy who was determined to bag a prize.David Sherman, 12, was due to receive a whole collection of toys today after winning the top prize in a television competition.

WINNING a truck-load of new toys was no game for one boy who was determined to bag a prize.

David Sherman, 12, was due to receive a whole collection of toys today after winning the top prize in a television competition.

The competition, called Truck-a-Toon, gives youngsters watching the Cartoon Network channel the opportunity to win a lorry load of new toys for themselves and to nominate a local charity to also benefit from the same prize.

David, of Blake Road, Ipswich, scooped the top prize in the national competition after making sure he did everything he could to be in with a chance.

Competition entrants each have a card with a personal number on it and each week 100 of these numbers are selected at random, with 99 children winning a runner-up prize and one of them taking delivery of the main prize.

The show gives children the chance to increase their luck by playing an internet game that makes their number more likely to be chosen. And after many hours of serious game playing David had increased his luck and then just had to wait to be crowned the winner.

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"I spent the whole week playing the game," he said.

"I'm really excited now about winning, I was quite nervous when they phoned me up and I had to speak to them, but you have to answer the phone in four rings or they go to someone else. I picked it up after one ring."

A crowd of family and friends gathered to help David unload his new toys, which included a tv, bike and games console but the youngster said he was more pleased to know other children will also benefit from his prize.

By coincidence, David's younger brother Andrew was also a winner on the same show on Saturday after being named as one of the 99 runners-up.

David nominated the East Anglian Children's Hospice in Walker Close to also win a lorry load of new toys.

"I'm really looking forward to having all the new things, but I think the best bit is that the children at the hospice will be getting the same things as me too."

Staff and patients at the hospice were today eagerly awaiting delivery of their toys and expected them to bring a great boost to the children.

"It's so great to be thought of us like this," said shift leader Penny Linford.

"It will be really exciting for all the children and they will love playing with the new toys. It is lovely because we are not always the first place that people think of, so it's fantastic that he did choose us."

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