Toy Appeal: Hallam FM’s Big John@Breakfast team gatecrash Sleeping Beauty - VIDEO

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SCHOOLBOY pranks by Big John and his Hallam FM breakfast team saw them go top of the class in a bid for more Christmas gifts for needy kids - when they became panto stars.

Oh yes they did!

Panto stars: Hallam FM's Big John @ Breakfast with Producer James Crookes and new girl Janine raising money for the 2011 Christmas Cash For Kids Toy Appeal.

Panto stars: Hallam FM's Big John @ Breakfast with Producer James Crookes and new girl Janine raising money for the 2011 Christmas Cash For Kids Toy Appeal.

Big John, Producer James and co-host Janine dressed as naughty school kids to appear on stage during Sleeping Beauty at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre.

And for completing the dare, Sheffield based A4e, the company which helps people into work, handed more than 200 extra gifts to The Star backed Hallam FM Cash For Kids And Asda Christmas Appeal, supported by P&A.

A bucket collection was also held during the panto, starring Coronation Street’s Margi Clarke as the Wicked Queen, until January 8.

VIDEO: Press the play button to see Big John with his team on stage and find out more about the Appeal. To view on an Apple device, including the iPhone or iPad, watch via The Star’s YouTube channel - CLICK HERE.

Santa's van: Gilder's Commercial Van Centre have donated a VW Crafter van to collect toy donatoions for The Star backed Hallam FM and Magic AM Cash for Kids Appeal Appeal supported by ASDA and P&A.

Santa's van: Gilder's Commercial Van Centre have donated a VW Crafter van to collect toy donatoions for The Star backed Hallam FM and Magic AM Cash for Kids Appeal Appeal supported by ASDA and P&A.

The Appeal stands at more than £150,000 but Big John urged more people to dig deep for gift donations and cash.

Star readers dropped off more toys and £355 this week.

Gilder’s Commercial Van Centre donated a VW Crafter van, branded by Signs Express Sheffield, to collect gifts.

Magna Science Adventure Centre is working with the Appeal to decorate Magna’s Christmas trees. Visitors can make a special Christmas wish and write it on a bauble, for a minimum 50p donation.

Dancedaze: A flash mob dance by Dancedaze Dance Crew promoted The Star backed Hallam FM and Magic AM Christmas Cash For KIds Appeal at Meadowhall.

Dancedaze: A flash mob dance by Dancedaze Dance Crew promoted The Star backed Hallam FM and Magic AM Christmas Cash For KIds Appeal at Meadowhall.

Learndirect, a Sheffield-based e-learning organisation, has donated 1,000 copies of its story book, Where Did The River Go?

Dancedaze Dance Crew surprised Meadowhall shoppers with a ‘flash mob dance’ to create awareness.

Steve Gregory and his wife celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary by giving money and vouchers they got as presents.

Chloe Eyre, aged 17, Courtney Eyre, 15 and Brittany Eyre, 11, from Todwick, saved up all their pocket money this year to donate over £250.

Letisha Hurdiss and Emma Lindley, of Greasborough Primary School, sold milkshakes on their lunch break.

Operation Christmas, the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal, delivered a stack of gifts that are too big to fit into their boxes - including a huge soft toy tiger.

Clifton Community Arts School students and staff had a non uniform day.

There are so many places to buy and drop off gifts, including The Star shop in York Street, the radio station in Herries Road, Asda, Smyths Toy Superstore, Meadowhall and there are easier ways to donate – online at www.hallamfm.co.uk or text XMAS22 followed by your donation amount and send to 70070.

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