Residents at Hightown Housing Association’s Young People’s Housing Service in Watford are appealing for donations they can wrap and gift to children spending Christmas in Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Oncology wards. 

Hightown’s Young People’s Housing Service provides accommodation and support services to vulnerable people aged 16-25 in Watford and Hemel Hempstead. The residents have volunteered to wrap the gifts and boxes ready for Santa’s delivery.

Each gift box will be full of presents which can include items such as pyjamas, fluffy socks, DVDs, toys, colouring books, crayons, board games, reading books, selection boxes and arts & craft activities. 

Several local businesses have already supported the donation drive, including Watford-based Matty Max Maintenance and Tapestry Cakes as well as Hayley-Jane’s Cakes in Colney Heath.

Dannielle Tocker, Hightown Scheme Manager for the Young People’s Housing Service, said:

“Thank you to everyone who has already sent in donations. It really is a great opportunity to spread some Christmas cheer for children who are spending the festive period in hospital. It has become a tradition for our young residents to wrap presents for children at Great Ormond Street Hospital and we’re hoping this year will be our biggest and best donation drive yet.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation, should contact Dannielle Tocker at or call 01923 210490. All donations must be brand new, due to immune suppressed children. The last day for donations is 20th December.