Property giant sports ‘Santa spirit’ with hospital drop off

Young patients have had their Christmas wishes fulfilled after an auction house played Santa and donated scores of gifts.

Nottingham-based Auction Estates have brightened up the festive season for children receiving treatment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, based at Queen’s Medical Centre. It is the first year that the firm have provided Christmas presents for the hospital.

Patients and staff gave Auction Estates a Santa wish list. A van load of presents was handed over to the children’s hospital, with TVs, XBox 360 games, Lol dolls, baby toys, craft sets, Rubik’s cubes and games including Connect4, Uno, Frustration and Guess Who being amongst the gifts putting a smile on the youngsters’ faces, on Thursday, December 20.

The presents were delivered by company director, Paul Giles, business manager Nicole Jackson, and staff from Auction Estates.

Paul said: “After the success of previous years’ pledges of gifts, I knew it was something that we wanted to repeat. As a small and dynamic business, we appreciate the investment that people have made into our business and we felt it important to give back to good causes in the region. Auction Estates get involved with lots of charity and community projects, but with this one involving sick children it is something very close to our hearts, having young children ourselves.”

Paul added: “It makes us realise how lucky we are to have our health and that not everybody gets to be at home for Christmas with their families. Hopefully the toys and games we have donated will make these childrens’ stay in hospital that much more comfortable and enjoyable.”