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Staff donate scores of Christmas gifts to local children

Published 04/12/2014

More than 150 disadvantaged children around Derby will be getting extra Christmas presents this year, thanks to Derby Hospitals staff.

Generous workers at the Royal Derby Hospital have donated scores of wrapped gifts to local charity, Children First Derby.

The charity supports vulnerable children, young people and families in Derby, and are this year helping them have the best Christmas they can.

And after hearing about the charity’s work, staff from the hospital’s Endoscopy ward, from Ward 207 and from the Learning and Education team have between them donated more than 150 gifts.

These presents - including make-up, clothes, bags and toys - have been donated to the charity, which will give them to the children  it works with over the year.

Lorraine Horobin, senior sister in the Endoscopy department, said: “We normally hold a secret santa among staff but this was getting to be a bit of a bind each year. So one of the staff came up with the idea of donating to Children First Derby.

“The charity gave us a list of ten children’s names and ages and we got buying. But more and more staff became involved, so we went back and got another list, and another. We had 40 very quickly.

“It is just a lovely feeling, knowing that a child who really deserves it will be opening that present at Christmas. We’re definitely doing it again next year.”

Gina Repton, fundraising co-ordinator for Children First Derby, said: “This generosity is absolutely amazing. The hospital support has been vital this year, as we have a big reduction in our funding.

“We work with lots of different children, both here at our centre in Leopold Street, out in the community and others in their family home.  But all of them will be so grateful for these gifts.”

Last Modified 04/12/2014