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Church launches Online Advent Calendar for its Christmas Appeal

Anna Broke (13)

24 children from St Michael & All Angels church, Bedford Park, have helped to create an online Advent Calendar as part of its Christmas Appeal.

They've each drawn a picture for the calendar, which can be found on the internet at 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.

The 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 Christmas Appeal."

Eleanor Douglas (11)

On 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.

If someone clicks a number before the right date, a message pops up saying"You've peeked too early".

Josie Thum (7)

The website was created by a local web designer Dan Isted, who also built the site, devised by the author Anne Fine to encourage children's reading. It has been sponsored by a local estate agent, Fletcher Estates in Chiswick.

Four 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 in

William Bickley (7)

Tanzania; a school in Palestine; and Save the Children.

Cheques can be sent to St Michael's Christmas Appeal, the Parish Office, Priory Avenue, London W4 1TT.

St 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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The pictures are by: Anna Broke, aged 13; Eleanor Douglas, aged 11; Josie Thum, aged 7; William Bickley, aged 7.