Mission Christmas: Children at Leeds hospice will wake up to festive gifts thanks to YEP-backed campaign

Lisa Sullivan, from Cash For Kids, (centre) at the Mission Christmas gift handover with (left to right) Lisa Williams, Natalie Jamieson, Helen Maycock, from Simplyhealth, and Linda Headley at Martin House Children's Hospice. Picture by James Hardisty.

Lisa Sullivan, from Cash For Kids, (centre) at the Mission Christmas gift handover with (left to right) Lisa Williams, Natalie Jamieson, Helen Maycock, from Simplyhealth, and Linda Headley at Martin House Children's Hospice. Picture by James Hardisty.

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Children with life-limiting illnesses at a Leeds hospice will wake up to gifts on Christmas day thanks to the YEP-backed Mission Christmas appeal.

Dozens of gifts were handed over to bosses at Martin House Children’s Hospice, in Boston Spa, this week after a donation from insurance firm Simplyhealth as part of the annual toy appeal organised by Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids charity.

The donation has ensured almost 1,600 needy children across West Yorkshire will get a gift this year, with more presents being delivered to the neonatal unit at Leeds General Infirmary and Pontefract General Infirmary as a result.

It comes as we urge readers to donate new and unwrapped gifts, suitable for babies right up to 18 year olds, at drop-off points across the region including at stores at Crown Point Shopping Park in Leeds by Wednesday December 16.

Raman Sankaran, from Simplyhealth, said: “It’s hard to imagine that so many local children wake up on Christmas morning without a single present to unwrap.

“Every child deserves to have a happy Christmas which is why we continue to support Cash for Kids and the Mission Christmas appeal.”

Martin House Children's Hospice, Boston Spa. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Martin House Children's Hospice, Boston Spa. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

Last year saw 18,000 vulnerable and deprived children wake up to a gift on Christmas Day after more than £900,000 worth of gifts were donated. Once collected, the gifts are distributed to children through organisations such as Candlelighters, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Barnardos and children’s centres.

Lisa Sullivan, Cash for Kids charity manager, said: “Christmas is such a special time of the year and Simplyhealth’s help means we can spread the magic of Christmas across many more children’s lives across West Yorkshire.

“We couldn’t do this campaign without the generosity of people like Simplyhealth and we would ask people to get involved and buy an extra gift this year or do some fundraising as there are even more children that desperately need our help.

“Together we can make a difference and help make a child smile this Christmas.”

For a full list of drop-off points and for more on the campaign visit www.radioaire.co.uk/mission.

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