Big hearted firefighters to spread festive cheer to ill children

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Rastrick firefighters will bring some Christmas cheer to ill children and their families on the wards at Calderdale Royal hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

The station is collecting toys for children aged between birth and 16-years-old.

Firefighter Gavin Shaw said: “Having spent a number of Christmas periods in hospital with my daughter who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of two, my family and I have seen first-hand the delight that can be brought to a child’s face on receiving a gift specifically chosen for them.

“The smiles shared between child and parent can help to take the pain away, even if it’s just for a moment.

“We at Rastrick Fire Station would like to help put smiles on the faces of poorly children by raising enough money to go out and buy some brand new age related gifts for those in hospital this Christmas.”

A Just Giving page has raised £2,252 but people can still donate brand new gifts to the station in Clough Lane or any other Calderdale station up until December 10.

Any gifts must be unwrapped when delivered to the fire station and must not be left on the doorstep unattended for security reasons.