HUNDREDS of toys were donated to a charity appeal backed by a top singer.
Jermain Jackman, winner of the BBC show The Voice, was at Sainsbury’s in Waterlooville to boost the toy drive run by Wave 105.
The radio station is aiming to give gifts to 54,000 children in the south as part of its Christmas appeal.
He said: ‘I’m pleased to support Wave 105’s Mission Christmas so please buy a toy and give it to the 54,000 without one.
‘I’ve learnt about this great town of Waterlooville and I’ll definitely be coming back.’
Shoppers donated more than 300 toys at the supermarket yesterday.
Doug McAvery, 51, and his wife Jackie, 55, from Union Close, Milton, Portsmouth, were among the generous donors.
Doug said: ‘We just went round and picked up four or five toys for the kids.
‘We always make a point of coming along to one of the stores to do it.
‘There’s a lot of unfortunate children out there.’
The pair have been donating for four years. Jackie added: ‘It’s really important, it goes to children who don’t have any.’
Charities including Barnado’s and Pompey in the Community along with social services will distribute the gifts to families.
Wave 105 presenter Rick Jackson was leading a broadcast from the supermarket, urging people to donate a toy.
He said: ‘We have received an overwhelming amount of support for our Mission Christmas appeal and we are hugely grateful to everyone’s kindness and generosity.
‘Our outdoor broadcasts have been great fun and the atmosphere at Sainsbury’s today has been fantastic.
‘If we reach our target of 54,000 toys that means we have managed to help every disadvantaged child living in poverty across the south to enjoy Christmas this year.’
‘None of this would be possible without the support from those who have donated toys, companies who have got behind the campaign and our listeners.’
The grand total will be revealed at 8.50am on Monday.