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Ricky! EastEnders star shows support for Toy Appeal

PUBLISHED: 12:26 29 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 29 November 2018

Former Eastenders star Ricky Grover supporting the Christmas Toy Appeal with Paula Blake from Community Links. Picture: Ken Mears

Former Eastenders star Ricky Grover supporting the Christmas Toy Appeal with Paula Blake from Community Links. Picture: Ken Mears

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A former EastEnders star and boxer hopes to make this year’s Toy Appeal a knockout.

Ricky Grover, 56, skulked the BBC’s fictitious borough of Walford between 2011 and 2012 as doorman Andrew Cotton.

The actor and comedian has turned his hand to hairdressing, stand-up comedy and presenting documentaries — but still retains a soft spot for our Toy Appeal.

Six years ago he and EastEnders co-star Perry Fenwick, who plays Billy Mitchell, donated a signed Albert Square sign to raise funds of disadvantaged children.

He’s been a regular feature in our pages ever since, encouraging others to dig deep and donate for this year’s appeal on Friday.

There’s never been a more pressing time to donate, with figures released this month laying bare the shocking scale of Newham’s homelessness crisis.

The borough is the country’s homeless hotspot — with one in every 24 people homeless — according to charity Shelter.

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