Smiles have been brought to the faces of young patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital after an entrepreneur helped out Santa for the day.
Nathan Winch visited poorly youngsters at Leeds General Infirmary to hand out presents from their Christmas lists.
The 23-year-old was keen to bring festive cheer to the wards after spending several Christmases in hospital himself as he suffered with a kidney condition.
He said: “I am in the unique position of being able to truly empathise with children who are hospitalised on the big day.
“I’m delighted that as CEO of my own company, and working in partnership with the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, I’m now in the position to be able to help spread just a little Christmas cheer and say thank you to the NHS staff who every year try so hard to give the children a little dose of seasonal magic.”
Nathan, from Royston in Hertfordshire, suffered from the rare Nephrotic Syndrome, which affects kidney performance.
This led to many hospital stays when he was a child, including over the Christmas period.
Despite that he went onto study molecular biology at Huddersfield University and while he was a student, set up his own pharmaceutical company, WinchPharma.
The firm has this year been awarded a share of a £39m NHS contract supplying hand sanitiser products to NHS hospitals.
Its CEO was so keen to provide presents for sick children, that his “elves” arranged to buy a gift from the young patients’ Christmas lists during a trip to Leeds city centre.
Then he visited the children’s hospital, which is based in the Clarendon Wing of the LGI, to deliver the presents on the wards to delighted youngsters.
Nathan added that he encouraged other firms to help the NHS in similar ways: “I’m passionate about supporting NHS services and through WinchPharma, I intend to continue doing so.
“I firmly believe that where possible, businesses should support such valuable support services, both locally and nationally.”
He was recently invited to be guest judge at the Young Engineer of Britain awards, hosted by Sheffield University.