In gear to cheer young patients

Presents galore: Some of the Mercury Taxi firm's drivers who collected some 500 presents and delivered them to the children's hospital..'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Picture: Barry Richardson
Presents galore: Some of the Mercury Taxi firm's drivers who collected some 500 presents and delivered them to the children's hospital..' Picture: Barry Richardson
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A FLEET of taxis brimming with £3,000 worth of toys delivered Christmas cheer to young patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Six cars from family-run Mercury Taxis carried the sackfuls of gifts from Smyths Toy Shop at Drakehouse Retail Park to the hospital on Western Bank.

taxisBS''Patient Charlie Briggs overwhelmed by sackfuls of toys at The Children's Hospital

taxisBS''Patient Charlie Briggs overwhelmed by sackfuls of toys at The Children's Hospital

Tchad Western, fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We try to make the hospital experience as pleasant as possible all year round for our young patients and their families and it’s wonderful Mercury has chosen to spread some cheer at Christmas time.”

Mercury manager Ian Godbehere handed over the toys to the play specialists at the hospital, to distribute to the excited youngsters.

Ian said: “We wanted to celebrate the festive season in style and thought a special delivery for the youngsters would be the perfect way to do that.

“Mercury has contributed £2,500 towards the toys and Smyths kindly agreed to boost the value by another £500, meaning an even bigger sackful of gifts for the children.”

taxisBS''Chesterfield Royal Hospital:'Play specialist team leader Jenny Reaney, Manager of Midlands Co-Op Elder War store Dave Elliott, Dennis Widdowson and play specialist Charlotte Jones.

taxisBS''Chesterfield Royal Hospital:'Play specialist team leader Jenny Reaney, Manager of Midlands Co-Op Elder War store Dave Elliott, Dennis Widdowson and play specialist Charlotte Jones.

Jack Birrell, store manager at Smyths Toy Shop, added: “We get lots of excited children coming to our store at this time of year and sadly many of the young patients at the Children’s Hospital are unable to come and visit us. We hope this gift will help to add some festive cheer this season.”

Meanwhile Chesterfield’s very own Santa made sure youngsters at the town’s Royal Hospital will have a very merry Christmas.

Dennis Widdowson and his wife, Mary, have spent the year collecting and buying toys and games for children on the Nightingale ward.

Dennis said: “We’ve got no grandchildren of our own and we enjoy going shopping so when we see something we think the kids might like we pick it up.

“It’s a wonderful ward but it’s not where you want to be if you’re a child at Christmas, so it’s nice to know you’re making them happy.

“We’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and it’s great to know we’re playing our part in giving these youngsters a happy Christmas.”