Bringing festive cheer to the young, elderly and the sick kept the community busy in the run-up to Christmas.
Babies, toddlers and pre-school children at Busy Bees in Oldbrook were overcome with excitement and delight when they welcomed Father Christmas to their nursery.
The very special guest arrived dressed in his traditional red outfit and joined the children for a festive breakfast feast, along with parents and family. The delicious meal was freshly prepared on site by nursery chef Rachael Jones using locally sourced ingredients.
>> Healthcare recruiter ID Medical took part in Milton Keynes Hospital Charity’s Christmas jumper day and raised £550.39 for Leo’s Appeal. Following that, the company asked staff to donate toys, teddies, and books to the children’s ward. On Monday, December 21, ID Medical staff, along with Santa, delivered sacks full of goodies to every child on the ward. The branded sacks were kindly donated by TKing Associates for ID Medical staff to fill. The aim of Leo’s Appeal is to raise £200,000 to enhance children’s care services at Milton Keynes Hospital.
>> Santander employees from the bank’s Grafton Gate office spent a day at Age UK Milton Keynes, at Everglade Sheltered Housing, to celebrate Christmas with some of the residents and elderly members of the community.
Part of the bank’s Community Days scheme, employees prepared a Christmas lunch, set and decorated the tables, welcomed and entertained the 30 guests. The volunteers also helped with the organisation of a raffle prize draw, sang carols and finished the day with a big pile of dishes to wash!
The event was organised by Age UK Milton Keynes, which helps more than 14,000 people and their families in Milton Keynes and the surrounding villages every year.
>> Children who spend Christmas in Milton Keynes Hospital are getting extra doses of festive cheer thanks to the generosity of visitors to Gulliver’s family theme parks.
The company has supported the POD Children’s Charity, which provides entertainment shows in children’s wards across the UK and this year funded more shows in more hospitals than ever before. The shows include clowns, magicians, musicians, puppeteers, storytellers and many more, all designed to cheer up children during their hospital stay.
Gulliver’s raises money for POD with fund-raisers throughout the year as well as donations from it generous visitors. Mascot Gully Mouse also goes along to various POD shows, handing out Gulliver’s vouchers for when children are feeling better, and meeting them on the wards.