HUDDERSFIELD shoppers and businesses are being called on to give young patients something to smile about this Christmas.

Children’s ward staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are hoping to spread some Christmas cheer by delivering gifts to youngsters spending the festive season in hospital.

People are being asked to donate toys, games or gift vouchers for Santa to hand out

on Christmas Day.

Play specialist Karen Foster said: “Being in hospital can be an upsetting time for a child, especially so on Christmas Day.

“In past years, the kindness of Huddersfield people has really helped to make the day more special for youngsters.

“Last year, we had the most successful toy appeal ever with over 200 gifts being donated.

“We hope that people will be just as generous this year.”

Presents – wrapped or unwrapped – should be labelled with an approximate age and whether they are for a boy or a girl and delivered to HRI reception.

Any remaining presents will be saved for the hospital’s bravery scheme and presented to courageous children who undergo painful or unpleasant procedures or celebrate their birthdays in hospital throughout the year.

To get involved, or for further information on the appeal, contact Karen Foster on 01484 342479 or you can also email