Droylsden Sports Centre delivers Christmas cheer to hospital children
Tuesday 19th December 2017 @ 09:14 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News Tameside

The children’s ward at Tameside Hospital took delivery of a large amount of toys on Monday, thanks to the generosity of everyone at Droylsden Community and Sports Centre.

The centre have been collecting toys since mid-November to give to those less fortunate at Christmas. The donations have been split between Tameside Hospital and New Charter, who will be giving the toys to families in deprived areas.

Ian Harrison, Community Project Worker at the centre, said: “We wanted to do our own, independent appeal for toys and food. We wanted to give back to those in the community who aren’t as fortunate.

“The local community have donated toys, some of the parents of the boxing club and Droylsden juniors have been bringing bits and bobs in and Tesco Droylsden have given us some selection boxes as well. It’s been a great effort from everyone involved.”

Thankful staff and patients received the boxes of toys on Monday afternoon, after Ian and Christine delivered them on behalf of the centre.

Laura Shuttleworth, a Play Specialist on the Children’s Ward at Tameside Hospital said: “On behalf of all the staff and the children, we are so grateful to the Community and Sports Centre.

“If it wasn’t for the people in the community that did these kind of things from the kindness of their heart, we wouldn’t have anything to give to the children that are unfortunately poorly at this time of year. We’re so grateful and it’s really appreciated so we just want to say a big thank you.”

The centre has also been holding a food collection for disadvantaged families in the local community, which has seen hundreds of items of non-perishable foods donated.

In addition, the centre is hosting a free Christmas lunch for 30 elderly residents from Droylsden and Clayton on December 20th.