GENEROUS shoppers donated more than 200 toys as Christmas presents for sick children.
Four Sainsbury’s branches in Upton, Neston, Prenton and Ellesmere Port held a toy appeal that lasted two weeks.
The stores teamed up to organise the appeal which will brighten up Christmas for the children at Arrowe Park hospital.
Pat Percival, from Sainsbury’s Upton, and Joanne Nugent, from Prenton, said they were delighted with the response from customers and being part of the appeal team was a very rewarding experience.
They were among a group of staff who delivered the toys to Arrowe Park and surprised nurses with the large number of donations.
Joanne added: “They didn’t have enough space for all the toys.”
Playleader at Arrowe Park Hhospital Sue Adams said: “We are delighted with the generosity of Sainsbury’s shoppers for donating the toys and to Sainsbury’s staff for organising the collection. Anything that can help make a child’s stay in hospital a little easier is extremely welcome.”
Toys will also be given to children who have a birthday while in hospital and as “bravery presents” for younger children.
Ms Adams added: “For children who have to spend Christmas in hospital they will be especially welcome. Thank you to everyone who donated a toy.”
Staff at Sainsburys would like to thank their customers for all of their support, and are planning to run the appeal again next year.
Pat said: “It is amazing how generous the people of Wirral are, and for that both Sainsburys and Arrowe Park are truly thankful. It’s all for the kids and it’s lovely that we are able to help.”