Children spending Christmas in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s oncology wards will still get presents from Santa Claus – thanks to Hightown Housing Association’s Young People’s Housing Service (YPHS).

The young people being supported by Hightown’s service in Watford and Hemel Hempstead have helped organise more than 40 Christmas gift boxes which will be taken to the hospital on Christmas Eve.

Each box is full of wrapped presents – including pyjamas, fluffy socks, DVDs, toys, colouring books, crayons, reading books, selection boxes and arts & craft activities – mainly donated by members of the public following an appeal from the YPHS in Watford.

Several residents from Hightown’s Young People’s Housing Service, which provides supported accommodation and support services to vulnerable people aged 16-25 in Watford and Hemel Hempstead, wrapped the gifts and boxes ready for Santa’s delivery.

Dannielle Tocker, Scheme Manager for YPHS in Watford, said: “We’re grateful to everyone who donated a gift – we got more than we were expecting. Our young people have made a fantastic job of the boxes, and I know they appreciated playing their part in bringing some Christmas cheer to children who are in hospital over the festive period.”