Hundreds of presents for children set for Princess Alexandra
Health / Sat 23rd Dec 2017 am31 10:59am
THIS Christmas Eve will see hundreds of donated presents being delivered to local hospitals (including the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow and Lister Hospital in Stevenage) for local children who find themselves in the hospital over Christmas. The ‘Give a Gift’ campaign launched by KeepaBeat (www.keepabeat.com), nationwide provider of first aid classes to parents and children, is celebrating five years of bringing heartwarming smiles to little faces during its annual Christmas Eve present drop which sees hospitalised children of all ages (up to the age of 17) receive a special surprise gift over the festive period.
This year, the present drop will happen between 11 am and 1 pm on Christmas Eve at the local hospitals. Members of the local community have been supporting the cause in great numbers by purchasing a gift with a minimum value of £5, gift-wrapping and labelling it with the age and gender it is suitable for, before dropping it off at the various collection points in the local area.
Sam MacKay, Founder of KeepaBeat spoke about why this campaign is so important, “As a parent myself, I went through a particularly tough time during my baby daughter’s first year where she spent a lot of time in the hospital. I was so thankful for the amazing support given by the paediatric teams and the compassion and dedication they showed us every day that I wanted to give something back. Running the KeepaBeat first aid class franchise meant I already had access to a large network of like minded parents, so it simply gave us an ideal platform upon which to launch the idea for a gift donation campaign.”
KeepaBeat’s ‘Give a Gift’ campaign has gone from strength to strength over the years, starting out on a smaller scale back in 2013 delivering around 40 gifts to delivering well over 400 donated gifts in 2016.
MacKay continued: “This year is set to be bigger and better than ever before, we’ve received hundreds of donations again for 2017, people really want to help and get behind their local community and it’s wonderful to witness that true sense of Christmas spirit that so many of us talk about; plus, receiving a surprise gift like this really does mean the world to these children and their families during what can be, a very turbulent time for some.”
For further information on the ‘Give a Gift’ campaign, please visit: