Dec 18 2013 by Linda Foo Guest, Birkenhead News
A SPECIAL delivery of toys arrived at a Wirral hospital to put a smile on children’s faces this Christmas.
The children's ward at Arrowe Park Hospital received the surprise delivery thanks to the generosity of customers and staff from four Sainsbury's stores – Upton, Neston, Ellesmere Port and Chester.
The gifts were given to poorly young patients who will be spending the festive season away from home.
Emma Deakin, from the hospital, said: “The generosity of the customers and staff at Sainsbury’s has been overwhelming.
“We don’t like to keep our young patients in hospital over Christmas unless we really have to. But for those that do stay with us, we do everything we can to make it really special, memorable, and as normal as possible.”
Customers and staff from the stores have been donating gifts and toys for a number of weeks.
Ian Massey, from the Upton branch, added: “All four Sainsbury’s stores have worked together to pool the amazing kindness of our staff and customers to make a real difference to the hospital.
“We are really happy to have helped make Christmas a little more special for those young patients that will be spending it here on the Children’s Ward.”
Thanks also to Wirral Lung Exercise Group and the Birkenhead Male Darts Group who have kindly donated gifts.
Young patients will have a special visit from Father Christmas on Christmas Day.