Frozen characters bring cheer to poorly kids

PERFECT PRESENT: Patient Belle Young, six, from Sunderland, with auxillary nurse Dawn Elliott, Olaf with Katy Bramley and Emma Olsen, far right, from E-ON.
PERFECT PRESENT: Patient Belle Young, six, from Sunderland, with auxillary nurse Dawn Elliott, Olaf with Katy Bramley and Emma Olsen, far right, from E-ON.
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CHARACTERS from the hit Disney movie Frozen were on hand to bring Christmas cheer to poorly Wearside youngsters.

Dozens of gifts were handed out to patients at the children’s ward in Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Amy Pink, who organised the event, as well donning a costume for the visit, said: “It was great to see the faces of the children light up when we arrived at the ward, to hand out the presents.

“It means so much to them.

“It’s bad enough to be ill, but to be in hospital away from family and friends at Christmas must be awful for them.”

The visit was made possible after staff at energy company E-ON, based at Doxford International Business Park, held a fund-raising day.

“The company contacted us after hearing about the visits I organise to the hospital every year,” said Amy. “They held a bring-a-pound-to-work day and raised about £240, which we used to buy the presents.

“We tried to hand out a good selection from toys and games, to jewellery and arts and crafts gifts.”

Mum-of-two Amy, 33, from Humbledon, and fellow volunteers later visited the Wearside Women in Need refuge, to hand out more presents to families.

“We know the presents will make a big difference to the children’s Christmas,” said Amy.

“They were a lovely surprise for them and we want to thank everyone who helped raise the money to buy the presents.”