VIDEO: Northampton Town Football Club launch Christmas toy appeal for children’s wards

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Clarence the dragon from Northampton Town Football Club grabbed as many toys as he could from the 99p Stores shop in town for children spending Christmas in hospital.

The official Cobblers mascot did a 99 second trolley dash around the Abington Street store on Friday to try and grab as many gifts as he could.

Cobblers players Ricky Ravenhill, Gregor Robertson, Matt Duke and Zander Diamond with Hussein Lalani, commercial director for 99p Stores NNL-141212-122246001

Cobblers players Ricky Ravenhill, Gregor Robertson, Matt Duke and Zander Diamond with Hussein Lalani, commercial director for 99p Stores NNL-141212-122246001

After a mad dash around the bargain store, Clarence ended up with a trolley full of goodies.

The football club thanked 99p Stores which is supporting its Christmas Toy Appeal.

Cobblers players Ricky Ravenhill, Gregor Robertson, Matt Duke and Zander Diamond met with Hussein Lalani, commercial director for 99p Stores, at the company’s head office in Swan Valley on Thursday to officially launch the appeal.

Three giant sacks stuffed full of toys were put in the back of ‘Santa’s sleigh’ in the form of van which has been donated by Bristol Street Motors which will be used to collect all the gifts for the appeal.

The van, and Santa, will be outside the main entrance at Sixfields for today’s (Saturday) game, collecting any gifts fans are happy to donate.

The squad will then visit the children’s wards at Northampton General Hospital next week to hand out the presents.

The Cobblers are looking for new, or nearly new presents that they can pass on to the children so they have toys to play with when in hospital or to take home. They can be wrapped or unwrapped.