REPRESENTATIVES from Libby Mae’s Little Angels donated more than 400 shoe boxes filled with gifts to parents and poorly youngsters who were having to spend their first festive season in hospital.
Charlotte and Rich Sharratt made the donations in memory of daughter Libby, who sadly passed away aged just a fortnight old in 2013.
The charity took Santa along to nine hospitals across the region the weekend before the big day to deliver the gifts.
It was the latest project by Libby Mae’s Little Angels which has raised more than £200,000 for the 18 neonatal units across the region.
Charlotte said: “Being on a neonatal unit with a poorly baby is very difficult and it’s not how anyone wants to spend their first Christmas with their new baby. “This is why we wanted to do something for people who are suffering at this special time of year.”
Gifts in the boxes were kindly donated by the charity’s patrons – Birmingham travel, leisure and lifestyle specialists EZE Group.
Among the hospitals visited were the Worcestershire Royal, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Heartlands, Walsall Manor, New Cross, Russells Hall and Good Hope.
Staff from EZE Group also visited the neonatal surgical unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Leftover boxes were taken on to transitional care wards and delivery suites ready for babies born on Christmas Day.
Charlotte added: “We just want to make the families smile by giving them a gift and it was lovely to see the positive impact we had.”