Presents sent to children’s hospitals

Santa Drop 1A ROYAL Air Force helicopter landed at Priestley College earlier this week to collect presents for children in two hospitals.

Students raised more than £2,000 to pay for the presents, which were flown to Alder Hey in Liverpool and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Monday.

Father Christmas boarded the helicopter at Priestley where the RAF were greeted by Public Services students who were able to sit in the cockpit and carriage.

“Working with the RAF on this kind of project has been a great opportunity for our Public Services students this year,” said Tutor Chris Seaton.

“They’ve worked hard to fundraise and are well aware of the difference they are making to the children at the hospitals.”

Flight Lieutenant Ed Stephens, from the Royal Air Force Outreach Team said: “Our aim is to help raise morale amongst the children in hospitals over the Christmas period by delivering Christmas presents in a way only the Royal Air Force can.

“The presents and hospital donations are raised throughout the year by the RAF team who this year have worked with Priestley College in Warrington, Runshaw College in Leyland and Cheadle & Marple College who have worked tirelessly to run various events to help us out.

“All monies raised will be split between the two hospitals to buy the presents and hopefully buy a much needed piece of equipment for the wards.”

Angela Harris, head of children’s services at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “Our young patients really enjoy the chance to have a word with Father Christmas, and the gifts he brings. With the generous support of the RAF they really do spread Christmas cheer and brighten up the day.”

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