A KIDDERMINSTER theatre group is calling on the community to donate any unwanted toys to poorly youngsters in Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Talking Props Performing Arts Studio, based in Green Street, will be collecting unwanted toys to spread joy and love to children in hospital this Christmas.

The theatre company will be accepting donations at their Green Street studios until Thursday, December 21 - before some of their students will head to Birmingham Children's Hospital on Friday, December 22, to deliver the toys.

The drop-off at the Talking Props Performing Arts Studio will be open Monday to Thursday, between 3pm and 7pm.

Students and staff at Talking Props are celebrating their first Christmas in their studio home and wanted to do something special to celebrate it. The students at the Kidderminster theatre company had been thinking of ways they could give back to the community and had already begun donating their unwanted toys and games - before deciding to open it up to the wider Wyre Forest community.

Michael Neri, principal of Talking Props, said: "This idea isn't original, I'm afraid. 

"I used to work in promotions years ago in between acting work and they hosted a toy drive similar to this, my job was to drop all the presents off on Christmas Eve and it was just a wonderful experience seeing something so simple bring smiles."

Talking Props student, Cat Benton, 16, added: "We sometimes forget how lucky we are and so this is just a small something we wanted to do - we just hope lots of people can help us and donate."

Electrical items won't be accepted - but battery-powered toys and games will be. Books, board games and stuffed toys will be accepted.