Children’s ward gets Santa visit

Asda staff present children at Pinderfields Hospital with Christmas presents.
Asda staff present children at Pinderfields Hospital with Christmas presents.

POORLY children received a special extra visitor this week as Santa dropped off presents in time for Christmas.

Youngsters on the children’s ward at Pinderfields Hospital were given gifts and toys by Father Christmas and his special helpers, thanks to items donated by generous staff from Asda’s distribution centre in Normanton.

The supermarket giant raised almost £700 through auctions and bought items for the ward, including books, games, musical instruments and mini computers.

Staff also donated food and gifts from their stores during their visit on Monday, to treat the nurses who will have to work during Christmas.

Sister Christine Millward, who works on the children’s ward, said: “Year-on-year we receive donations of gifts and toys from kind people and organisations.

“I would like to thank Asda and everyone else who has donated again this year.

“No-one wants to spend Christmas in hospital, especially children, so we aim to make the children’s stay as homely as possible by making sure they have all the Christmas comforts they could possibly need.

“These generous donations really help us to do that.”

The visit was organised by Asda community life champion Haley Butterworth, who said: “I rang the ward up and they were overwhelmed with this great gesture at this time of year.”