Organisations and businesses from across Bradford and beyond have donated gifts worth £10,000 to children in hospital this Christmas.
Bradford Hospitals’ Charity – the official charity of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – co-ordinates an annual ‘toy drop’ for the city’s hospitals to make sure young patients receive a gift from Santa.
Donations have ranged from £3,000 worth of toys from EPE International, £2,000 worth of toys from JCI Junior Chamber of Commerce, and £1,000 worth of blankets and books from Sovereign Health Care. A number of individuals have also purchased toys and gifts from the Bradford Hospitals’ Charity Amazon Wish Lists, with a number of groups donating selection boxes.
Sharon Milner, Charity Director for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Christmas is a magical time for children, so we are so grateful to all the people who have donated to help deliver a better and brighter Christmas for those who are in hospital. Thank you to one and all from everyone here at Bradford Hospitals’ Charity.
“We are looking forward to working even closer with our communities in 2023.”
Thank you to the following companies, organisations and schools:
Sovereign Health Care
JCI (Junior Chamber), Bradford
EPE International LTD
St Anthony’s Primary School, Clayton
Bradford City AFC
Bradford Park Avenue
Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Community, South East and South West
New College, Nelson Street, Bradford
Yorkshire Children’s Trust
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Asthma Trust For Asthmatic Children
Sincere thanks also to organisations and individuals who donated their time to receive and process the many Christmas deliveries. They include: Andrea Lofthouse, Melanie Shaw (Tilbury Douglas), Lisa Smith, Sarah Whale, Alison Kay, Jeanette Sunderland, and Mike Conway (Cinderella Club).
Anyone wishing to make a donation can still do so by giving the gift of play to children who will come into hospital in the future. The Bradford Hospitals’ Charity Christmas appeal aims to raise enough money to buy toys, games, crafts and books to relax and distract children in hospital for surgery, tests and treatment. Donate here.