A festive ‘thank you’ from Bradford Hospitals Charity

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

Cinderella Club

NatWest, Bradford

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

Club Ekta

Asthma Trust For Asthmatic Children

Sova Healthcare

Amel Rehman

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.