Little Santas bring cheer to Blackpool hospital

Oliver Wiper, 5, as Santa and Jessica Wiper, 2, as an elf at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Oliver Wiper, 5, as Santa and Jessica Wiper, 2, as an elf at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

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Four kind-hearted youngsters played Santa and his little helpers to bring some festive cheer to patients in hospital.

And the kind children said they enjoyed giving gifts to hospital patients more than opening their own Christmas presents.

Jessica and Oliver Wiper and Joshua and Samuel Kay visited Blackpool Victoria Hospital on Christmas Day morning to meet patients and hand out presents.

Jessica, two, Oliver, who is five, Joshua, 10 and three-year-old Samuel, enjoyed it so much that they’re already planning to do the same next Christmas.

Oliver and Jessica’s mum Emma Wiper, and Joshua and Samuel’s mum, Leanne Kay, are both ward managers on the hospital’s acute medical unit.

The unit is the first point of entry for patients referred to hospital as emergencies by their GP and for people requiring admission from the emergency department.

Emma said: “The children said Merry Christmas and chatted to the patients.

“They handed out stockings filled with toiletries and things such as that. It was really lovely.

“The patients loved it – they thought it was fantastic.

“One patient, who was hundreds of miles away from his grandchildren, said it made his Christmas. He was over the moon.

“Leanne filled the stockings and we gave some chocolates to the staff.”

On Christmas Day the acute medical unit cared for 34 patients and everyone received a stocking full of presents.

Emma added: “The Trust’s Medical Director, Dr Mark O’Donnell, was visiting the unit and Oliver went up to him and shook his hand.

“We were so proud of the children.”