September 28th, 2016

Tesco employees help spread Christmas cheer to children’s hospital ward

Updated: 1:41 pm, Dec 18, 2015

TESCO stores in Sheldon and Yardley have joined forces with Heartlands Children’s Ward to help bring some festive sparkle this Christmas.

Over 50 children, who are unwell this festive period, will have their hospital stay eased thanks to the dedicated work by Tesco staff across the two stores.

Gifts including books, toys and treats were donated to the hospital as well as over £1,000 – which was raised by colleagues and customers to make the Christmas wish of presents for all children a reality.

Santa’s elves – who also work as Tesco community champions – Gaynor Cook and Chris Baker (pictured) will deliver the presents today (December 17).

Marcus Bagley, Sheldon store manager, said: “Being in hospital is never easy, but being there over Christmas must be especially hard for these young patients.

“Our colleagues felt strongly about wanting to give Santa a helping hand this Christmas by making a special delivery to these brave boys and girls.

“It has been a real community effort to raise money for these gifts, and we’re really grateful for the donations have passed on.”

Samantha Phillips, nursery nurse and part of the play team at Heartlands said: “Without these kind donations from Tesco, we wouldn’t be able to give the children so many gifts.

“This will make the children so happy when they wake up to pillow cases full presents on Christmas morning.”

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