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SOS Santa! Elf Service hunt for man in red

Joining the hospital worker elves, in the hope Santa pays a visit to the ward, is seven-year-old Jeremy Altin, with, from left, Theo, Fiona and David Jones, and Paul Jebb.

Joining the hospital worker elves, in the hope Santa pays a visit to the ward, is seven-year-old Jeremy Altin, with, from left, Theo, Fiona and David Jones, and Paul Jebb.

Hospital chiefs have launched a desperate search... for Santa.

Poorly patients at Blackpool Victoria’s children’s ward are hoping for a special visit from the man in red in the run up to Christmas.

But Father Christmas is so busy, a visit on the eve of the big day is not guaranteed.

So staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have launched a Searching for Santa campaign, and want to hear from anyone who knows if Santa can pop in before the big day.

Father Christmas is still
 expected to visit on Christmas Eve, while all the children are asleep, to deliver their presents.

But in previous years he has always made a special trip to see the children, who will be in hospital over the festive season, to deliver gifts and raise a smile on their faces.

Last year, unfortunately, he was unable to make it.

The Vic’s paediatric matron, Diane Stewart, said: “Both the staff and the children look forward to their pre-Christmas visit from Santa as he always brings some festive cheer to the ward.

“Making a patient smile can really make all the difference to their recovery, giving them something positive to look forward is really important.

“This year we are appealing for any professional Santas to please get in touch and organise a visit to the ward to bring a sackful of joy to our patients.”

As well as a visit from Santa Claus, the children’s ward is also in need of presents for children who are in on Christmas day.

Diane said: “We always try and make the children’s Christmas special.

“Any donations will be gratefully received, as we need gifts to suit all ages, from babies through to 16 year olds.”

If you are a professional Santa with a CRB check certificate and would like to volunteer your services contact Robbie Platt in the communications team at Blackpool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on (01253) 306875.

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