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Toy Appeal To Help Bring Christmas Cheer To Young Patients

Sainsbury's toy appeal
Pictured above, left to right: Ian Sutton (Store Manager), Max Cope and mum Lisa, Sue Palin (Housekeeper), Sharon Jackson (Deputy Ward Manager), Olwyn Payton (PR Assistant)

Generous shoppers at a Nantwich supermarket will bring extra cheer to young hospital patients this Christmas following a toy appeal.

 Sainsbury’s, on Middlewich Road, invited its customers to donate new toys and gifts to give to those patients who will be on the Child and Adolescent Unit at Leighton Hospital over the festive period.

 The store, which has been running the scheme for four years, has been collecting donations since October and visited the Crewe-based hospital on 11 December to present them with the dozens of items received.

 Ian Sutton, Store Manager, was joined by PR Assistant Olwyn Payton to hand over the gifts.

 He said: “Leighton Hospital has previously been our charity of the year and we wanted to keep a link with the hospital.

 “The toy appeal is a great cause, has had a fantastic response from our customers and is something that will hopefully put a smile on to children’s faces this Christmas.”

 Staff at Leighton Hospital, which is run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), will now wrap the presents ready to be given to children over Christmas.

 Any leftover toys will be saved and given to other young patients who may be staying in the hospital on their Birthday.

 Sue Palin, the Unit’s Housekeeper, said: “Without local businesses like Sainsbury’s in Nantwich we wouldn’t be able to do things like this and so I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the customers and staff at the store for their kind donations.

 “Each gift really will bring a little bit of happiness to a child this Christmas.”

 If you would like to raise funds for MCHFT please call Laura Riddle, Charity Manager, on 01270 273 248 or email laura.riddle@mcht.nhs.uk.