Santa visited the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital on Wednesday to deliver presents, courtesy of the Berks, Oxon and Bucks Air Ambulance who, dropped Santa off at the hospital mid-morning.
A mix of Christmas and Community spirit has ensured that presents will be available for all the children with a large donations of toys being made by John Lewis stores in Milton Keynes, High Wycombe and Welwyn Garden City with further donations made by Build-a-Bear Workshop Milton Keynes, Wilkinson Milton Keynes, Mattel, CN Sales and Marketing Limited and Buckinghamshire Freemasons TLC project, who all rallied round to support the Air Ambulance Santa Drop.
Additional support is being provided by the The Rotary Clubs of Milton Keynes and The Brickhills who are supplying and driving Santa’s sleigh from the helipad to the hospital entrance.
Laura Nicholas, Milton Keynes Fundraising Manager for the Berks, Oxon and Bucks Air Ambulance said: “It is fantastic how much support we have received from local businesses and organisations, for which we are extremely grateful and without whom we would not have been able to provide presents for all the children, who in the lead up to Christmas are having to stay in hospital. We hope that we can spread the festive cheer and make the children feel at least a little bit better.”
The drop was organised as a thank you to the residents of Milton Keynes who have so generously supported their local Air Ambulance, affectionately known as BOB to reflect the three counties it serves, over the past year.