CHILDREN will be smiling in hospital on Christmas Day.

Staff at the Royal Infirmary have been delighted by the response to their appeal for toys and presents.

And they are determined that every youngster in hospital over Christmas will enjoy their time.

Hospital staff on the children's wards at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary have said thankyou to local businesses and residents who donated toys, games and gift vouchers to this year's toy appeal.

Staff on the children's units at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust launched their toy appeal back in November to make many poorly children a little happier on Christmas Day.

Since then, generous local businesses and residents have given more than 250 toys, with one company alone donating more than 70.

Hospital play specialist Karen Foster said: "It's been tremendous.

"The staff room has been swamped with donations and we are so grateful.

"Being in hospital at anytime can be upsetting and especially for children at Christmas. This year the generosity of Halifax and Huddersfield people has made a huge difference and it seems the public have been more generous than ever."

Any presents not delivered by Father Christmas on Christmas Day will be saved for the hospitals' bravery scheme and presented to courageous children who have undergone painful or unpleasant procedures throughout the year.

Any last-minute donations, wrapped or unwrapped, are still very welcome. Staff just ask that they should be marked whether they are for a boy or girl, and with a suggestion as to age suitability.

They should be delivered to the reception areas at both hospitals.

Businesses which want to get involved and anyone who would like further information on the appeal should contact Karen Foster on 01484 342479,, or contact Rose Hagreen on 01422 224374,