Leek school is backing appeal to bring some festive cheer to elderly patients confined to hospital on Christmas Day

A LEEK school is responding generously to an appeal for gifts for old folk confined to hospital in Staffordshire at Christmas.

It is estimated nearly 1,000 elderly people will be spending Christmas Day on the wards at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and the County Hospital in Stafford this year.

Many of the patients are without close family who can visit them.

Woodcroft First School is answering the appeal, made by the University Hospitals of North Midlands, by forwarding donations from children and the local community.

Headteacher Jon Goulding said: “We are asking people to donate a small gift, be that toiletries, warm socks, gloves, slippers, hats, pens, books, games, puzzle books or handmade gifts, which will make a huge difference to an elderly patient this Christmas.”

Anyone wishing to donate can take their gift to the school on Wallbridge Drive at any time during the school day.

It is requested that gifts are left unwrapped, to help ensure they can be distributed to suitable patients. 

Donations will be collected in time for distribution to patients on Christmas Day.