A kind hearted young girl gave up her Christmas Eve to donate toys to children spending the festive period in hospital.
Jaden Cole-Hales (11) took on the role of Santa Claus on December 24, and collected some of her unopened toys, books and games from her room to donate to the Children’s Ward at Peterborough City Hospital.
The sack of goodies was filled to bursting point as Jaden made the special delivery to delighted staff on the Amazon Ward, who then passed them on to patients the next day.
The Werrington Primary School pupil said: “I started tidying my room and I decided there were some toys I had been given at Christmas and birthdays that I had not used and had grown out of.
“I said to Mummy that I wanted to go to the children’s ward and give them to the children who were staying there at Christmas.
“There were a few toys, books and colouring books I had not used.
“We did not get to give the toys to the children ourselves.
“It was just something I wanted to do.”
Jaden is no stranger to acts of kindness and generosity.
She was nominated for a Pride in Peterborough Award in 2013 after swimming to her baby sister’s rescue.
Despite only learning to swim a few months before, she managed to pull three-year-old Gracie to safety after spotting her face down in a pool at Alton Towers Theme Park.
And in the past she has also had her hair cut to raise money for charity.
Proud mum Victoria Hales, of Barbers Hill, Werrington, said: “She said she had too many toys from last Christmas that had never been played with.
“There were some books and craft materials as well, and she said she wanted to make sure children who could not get out of bed had something to play with on Christmas Day.
“We went to the hospital, and the staff were already wrapping presents given by Amazon and Peterborough United.
“I am so proud of her. She has done things like this before, and it always makes me proud. She is so thoughtful and always thinks of others.”
Rosemary Hargrave, play specialist on Amazon Ward, said they were thrilled with Jaden’s donation. She said: “We were really touched to meet Jaden and her mum on Christmas Eve.
“We were busy wrapping gifts for those patients who were spending Christmas Day on the ward when Jaden arrived.
“Her donation was a very welcome surprise. The art equipment is especially valuable to us as this can be used by children who are perhaps infectious and restricted to their own bed.
“On behalf of the ward we would like to say thank you again to Jaden for thinking of our patients this Christmas.”