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Brave young Leeds General Infirmary patients unwrap a festive treat

From left, Sister Sandra Garbutt, nursery nurse Jacky Bailey, Connor Sheilds and James Callaway.

From left, Sister Sandra Garbutt, nursery nurse Jacky Bailey, Connor Sheilds and James Callaway.

  • by Juliette Bains
 

Children at Leeds General Infirmary had a special surprise as a sack full of presents arrived at the hospital.

The gifts were donated by generous supporters who attended the Yorkshire Evening Post Christmas Carol Concert last week.

The concert held at Leeds Minster saw 500 people attend an evening of celebration and singing, conducted by The Rev Canon Tony Bundock.

The annual gift-giving ceremony saw children place toys under the giant Christmas tree so they could be presented to vulnerable youngsters across the city, either through the children’s unit at the Leeds General Infirmary or the Mission Christmas Toy Appeal.

The Minster’s choir and the YEP Brass Band also performed carols and hymns.

Over £1,200 donations were collected, which will be split between the Leeds Minster and the YEP’s Half and Half appeal, in support of St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

Speaking after the event, YEP editorial director Jeremy Clifford, said: “The generosity of the people who turned up with gifts was truly humbling. The presents they provided will go some way to helping make Christmas special for some of Leeds’s young people.”

The YEP is keen to hear how you’ll be celebrating Christmas this year. If you have any festive photos of your young stars in nativity plays or some Christmas snaps of your pets.

Email them to picture.desk@ypn.co.uk and they could be featured in two special supplements. You can also send in a 15-second video clip of your Christmas lights to be in with a chance of winning £100 of Clas Ohlson vouchers.

 

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