A LITTLE girl in Barnsley has gathered enough presents to rival Santa’s sack and has donated them to sick children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
Five-year-old Grace Atkinson wanted to make sure children in Sheffield Children’s Hospital had plenty of gifts to unwrap after her younger sister, Lily, ended up in hospital over the festive season.
Lily, three, underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy at the hospital to treat a primary tumour in her chest and ten tumours that had spread through her body and to her skull.
The girls' dad, Jonathan, 43, said: "Even though that was a couple of years ago now, Grace brought it up the other day and asked if all the children in the hospital would be home for Christmas.
"We assured her that their mums and dads would be there with them, but she was concerned and came up with an idea to put a smile on their faces."After telling her local Rainbows group about what she wanted to do, presents began flooding in. Mum Angela, 42, also told her colleagues about it and the pile continued to grow.
Grace, of Blacker Hill, Barnsley, donated the presents to the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, which works closely with the children's hospital.