Young patients at Leeds General Infirmary were treated to sweets during their stay in hospital thanks to a charity partnership.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds and social housing developers Keepmoat distributed goodies to children in the outpatient department, including special foods suitable for those with allergies and other medical conditions.
Volunteers from the company and Coun Lisa Mulherin took part in the project, which aimed to bring festive cheer into the lives of 500 families visiting hospital during the Christmas period.
The sweets were donated by Keepmoat staff after the firm’s recent work building and refurbishing local authority housing stock in Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck.
“Being in hospital is never fun for children at this festive time of year, so it really is a special joy for me to help bring them a little Christmas cheer,” said Lord Mayor Judith Chapman.
“Our thanks go to the housing regeneration project and Keepmoat for their support, the treats have proved a really big hit.” Coun Mulherin became involved due to her own personal experiences of hospital treatment:
“Having been a parent of a child in hospital myself, I know how stressful it can be.
To see the relief and cheer that these gifts from Keepmoat brought to children and their parents at a very difficult time was a real joy,” said the executive member for health and wellbeing.
“We have over 500 staff working on the project to build new council homes in Leeds and refurbish many more.
“Donating sweets and our time to put the little cups of cheer together is a very small gesture to help brighten the day for children in hospital,” added Keepmoat regional director Sean Corcoran.