Poorly children at Sunderland Royal Hospital were treated to an early Christmas surprise as Santa Claus himself paid a visit, joined by generous customer service workers.
Staff from EDF Energy, based at Doxford International Business Park in the city, donated Christmas presents to give to children and youngsters on the paediatric, orthopaedic and ear, nose and throat wards.
Special gifts and presents were collected by employees Deanne Richardson, Stephen Haram and Nicola Frater to make sure the children had something delivered to them from Santa this year.
Stephen Haram, of EDF Energy Doxford, who dressed up as Santa to deliver the gifts, said: “The staff at the hospital do a great job and we wanted to add to that by bringing some festive cheer to the children’s unit.
“It was great to see the kids’ reactions when Santa arrived and we hope that we’ve made Christmas extra special for them this year, thanks to the generosity of our colleagues.
“We’ve had a great response from everyone at EDF Energy. All of the team are very supportive when it comes to projects supporting the local community.”
The staff at the hospital do a great job and we wanted to add to that by bringing some festive cheer to the children’s unit.
Stephen Haram of EDF Energy
Pauline Palmer, ward matron at the Royal, said: “We would like to thank everyone at EDF Energy for their kind donations.
“Each small present made a poorly child’s day and they were all thrilled to meet Santa, some of them for the first time.
“It was a very special day for the children, family members and staff.”