CHILDREN in hospital over the Christmas period had a happier time - all thanks to a generous little girl from Blacker Hill.

Five-year-old Grace Atkinson suggested that her local Rainbows group donate presents to the poorly youngsters at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

She had the idea because her younger sister Lily, three, spent time there in 2011 and 2012 after being diagnosed aged 11 months with neuroblastoma - a form of cancer.

Lily had eight cycles of intensive chemotherapy at the hospital and endured many CT scans, bone marrow tests, and blood and platelet transfusions.

Her treatment finished in February 2012 and in September 2013 she started school at West Meadows Primary School, Hoyland.

Lily still attends the hospital every four months for check-ups and this will continue into adulthood.

Earlier in December, she went on a once in a lifetime trip to Lapland courtesy of the charity When You Wish Upon A Star.

Grace and Lily's mum Angela, 42, of Wentworth Road, Blacker Hill, said Grace remembered when Lily was very ill in hospital.

She said: "Grace came up with the wonderful idea that her Rainbows group, 32nd Barnsley at St Peter's, donate presents to the poorly children from Lily's ward.

"We thought this was a lovely and very thoughtful idea and mentioned it to the Rainbows."

Presents then flooded in from all over the country.

Grace has now presented them to Beryl Welburn from the Parents' Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT), which works closely with the children's hospital.