Generous people answer Telegraph Ted's appeal to donate Christmas toys for children in Disney ward at hospital
NOTHING makes me happier than putting a smile on people's faces.
Which is why this week I could not have been happier as I delivered a bit of Christmas cheer to the children on the Disney Ward at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
But as I said last week, this was not something that I could have done on my own.
So I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.
As soon as last week's paper hit the shelves with my appeal for toys, my phone was as hot as the flame that will be on this year's Christmas pudding, with kind people ringing up and offering donations.
The manager of Toys 'R' Us rang me up and said that she had seen last week's paper and that she and other members of staff wanted to help.
Together they helped collect four big sack-fulls of presents that we could give to the children on the Disney Ward.
I have made a lot of friends recently, but none more so than Geoffrey the giraffe from Toys 'R' Us.
Together we helped deliver the presents to the children on the ward to help put a smile on their faces. It was a real case of little and large – although it was not a small job!
And it was not just Toys 'R' Us that helped donate the toys. From Brigg to Barnetby, Worlaby to Winterton, Scunthorpe to Scotter, lots of generous people got in touch to say they wanted to help.
I had my picture taken with Sophie, a young patient on the ward who had a big smile on her face when she saw what we had managed to collect.
She had to go and see the doctor straight afterwards, so couldn't stay and play for long, but putting that smile on my face meant that my Christmas wish last week had become reality.
I had a chat with Nicky Curtis, a play leader at the ward, who said: "I am so grateful. It really makes a big difference to the children.
"Donations like this are not just for the run-up to Christmas or just after Christmas – they can play with them all year round.
"Our job is all about distraction and this offers them something else to play with and make their time in here go more quickly.
"We are grateful to any that donate to us and give the children a thought."
Ms Curtis also said the ward was trying to make all the children better in time for Christmas, so they could spend it at home.
Last year, only two poorly children had to spend it in hospital.
I thanked Jeanette and Kimberley, the two managers at Toys 'R' Us, for helping collect such great presents.
Jeanette told me: "When we said that we were collecting toys to bring to the Disney Ward, the staff said they wanted to get involved.
"Some of the staff's children have been treated in the Disney Ward, so they wanted to give something back."
So thank you to everyone who helped out. Your contribution really has gone a long way to helping make a difference this Christmas. As this will be the last time I speak to you before the man in the red suit comes down the chimney, can I just say a very Merry Christmas to everyone.
In the mean time, if you have anything for me to tackle in the new year, call 01724 273136 or e-mail newsdesk@scunthorpe telegraph.co.uk – just ask for Ted.