Gifts galore for children

Staff at Asda have handed over presents to children at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Staff at Asda have handed over presents to children at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Brave children spending Christmas in hospital will not be forgotten about by one supermarket giant.

Youngsters on the Children’s ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are all set to receive a gift from Asda on Cherry Tree Road, Marton.

The store has donated a £200 gift card to the ward for staff to purchase presents and the supermarket is also donating three sacks full of toys.

Diane Stewart, paediatric matron at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Asda for these generous donations as they will go a long way to providing a gift for each of the children who are staying in hospital over Christmas.

“Christmas is a hard time for anyone to be in hospital but especially for children who can feel they are missing out on the magic of Christmas they are used to experiencing at home. We try our very best each year to ensure we have gifts and music and games to make it special and it’s thanks to the kind donations of gifts and the time given by our volunteers that we can make Christmas Day as wonderful as possible.

“The gift card is a fantastic donation as it will enable us to purchase specific presents for the children who are staying with us, as we don’t know in advance what age ranges we will have on the ward at Christmas.”

Each year the hospital appeals for donations of gifts from businesses and well-wishers to give to the children who have to spend Christmas on the ward.

Neil Herdman, Asda Blackpool’s community life champion, said: “Being in hospital can be a frightening and lonely experience for a child at any time of the year, none more so than Christmas, so we’re absolutely delighted to be able to be Santa’s little Asda helper.”

After the staff chose the gifts they were shipped off to Santa Claus who was set to make an early trip to the hospital to deliver them in time for Christmas.

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