Families spending Christmas in hospital with their newborn babies will have their spirits raised with gifts made by students at a Sheffield college.
Some 48 premature and poorly babies will spend Christmas Day at the Jessop Wing neonatal unit - and staff have organised for their parents’ day to be brightened with surprise stockings.
Dr Robert Coombs, consultant neonatologist at the unit, said: “We always give out a little present at Christmas, so when the parents come in on Christmas Day there is a stocking at the end of the cot.
“This year we thought it would be really nice to do a project with Freeman College to design a gift for the children.”
Students at Freeman College, which provides specialist education for young people with complex learning difficulties, came up with a series of designs, and Dr Coombs chose a pewter medallion decorated with the Jessop Wing logo.
The medallion was designed by student Gabriel Kinneavy, aged 18, from Crookes, who visited the Jessop Wing to hand over the 50 finished gifts.
He said: “I’m delighted my design has been chosen to go to these families.”
Fellow student Alex Chester, 22, from Dore, who helped polish and file the pieces, added: “I’m really happy to have been involved. It’s a great cause.”
Darren Taylor, 34, from Halfway, whose twin babies Brooke and Harland will spend Christmas and New Year at the unit, said: “This is a great idea. Any little gifts in a place like this, that give people pleasure at Christmas time, is brilliant.”
Darren and his partner Rachelle Wordsworth, 38, have been at the Jessop Wing since their babies were born extremely prematurely in September.
Dr Coombs added: “These gifts really do put a smile on the faces of the families, many of whom are going through a difficult time this Christmas.
“The students have done a superb job.”