Children spending Christmas in Great Ormond Street Hospital 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 helped organise more than 50 Christmas gift boxes which will be taken to the hospital on Christmas Eve.

Each box is full of wrapped presents – including pyjamas, 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 delivery on Christmas Eve.

Dannielle Tocker, Scheme Manager for YPHS in Watford, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of gifts - thank you to everyone who kindly donated! Our young people really enjoyed making the Christmas boxes and the feeling of being able to make a difference to children who are in hospital over the festive period.”