NEAS apprentices play Santa to poorly children

Money raised from fundraising spent on presents

A group of apprentices from NEAS have put smiles on the faces of children spending Christmas in hospital.

The goodies were delivered to the children's wards at North Tyneside General Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham by eight apprentices aged between 16 and 24, working in NEAS's  Patient Transport Service, and the NEAS Contact Centre.

As Christmas approached the apprentices decided that they would like to organise a charity event to buy presents for children in hospital over the festive season.

With the help of Gateshead College, the apprentices set to work persuading friends, relatives and work colleagues to dig deep and donate some toys and gifts.

Eventually, So many presents were donated that the apprentices were able to give toys to other local hospitals in the North East.

Gemma Rodgers, Staff development Coordinator for NEAS, said: "This was a fantastic gesture by our apprentices, who put in a lot of effort collectiong toys and gifts. They wanted to make a difference and lift the Christmas spirits of the young children, and I think they succeeded."

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