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launches Online Advent Calendar for its Christmas Appeal
24 children from St Michael & All Angels church, Bedford Park, have helped
to create an online Advent Calendar as part of its Christmas Appeal.
each drawn a picture for the calendar, which can be found on the internet at www.stmichaelschristmas.org.
The original drawings are displayed on a giant 6-foot-high Advent Calendar in
the church itself - St Michael & All Angels, Bath Road, Chiswick, London W4.
first door on the calendar was opened yesterday, Advent Sunday, by the vicar of
St Michael's, Father Kevin Morris. "The children have done a marvellous job
and we can't wait to see all the pictures, as they're revealed day by day"
he said. "We think it's an imaginative way of helping raise money for our
the website, instead of opening a door to see the pictures, visitors are faced
with 24 revolving stars. Each reveals a number as the cursor is passed over it,
and a click on the mouse opens the picture.
someone clicks a number before the right date, a message pops up saying"You've
peeked too early".
website was created by a local web designer Dan Isted, who also built the site
www.myhomelibrary.org, devised by the
author Anne Fine to encourage children's reading. It has been sponsored by a local
estate agent, Fletcher Estates in Chiswick.
charities will benefit from the Appeal: a local Convent and Nursing Home, St Mary's,
which faces closure unless it can raise £1.5million for rebuilding; a hospital
a school in Palestine; and Save the Children.
can be sent to St Michael's Christmas Appeal, the Parish Office, Priory Avenue,
London W4 1TT.
Michael & All Angels Church was designed by the architect Norman Shaw, who
created the old New Scotland Yard building and Cragside in Northumbria. It is
often used for filming and its distinctive green-painted interior was most recently
used for the wedding scene in BBC1's Jeffrey Archer: The Truth.
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pictures are by: Anna Broke, aged 13; Eleanor Douglas, aged 11; Josie Thum, aged
7; William Bickley, aged 7.