Toys, toiletries and chocolates are just some of the items that staff at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group have donated to three local charities.
Instead of swapping gifts with each other in the traditional ‘Secret Santa’ way, staff bought presents for children and adults who otherwise would go without.
Roger Parr, Chief Finance Officer at the CCG said: “This year, instead of buying each other gifts that we don’t really need, we decided to give Secret Santa a miss and buy for local charities instead. A range of gifts were donated aimed at all ages, from young children to adults. We have got so much pleasure from doing this, and knowing what a difference, no matter how small, it will make to someone on Christmas Day.”
Beverley Marsden, from Community CVS and collecting on behalf of Voice, an organisation working with underprivileged children, said: “It’s amazing that people are swapping their Secret Santa for this; it’s a fantastic lifeline for kids. We have some really good people around. The toys the CCG has donated will be distributed out to those families that need them most this Christmas, and also be used for the small competitions we have with the children whilst at the family club.”
The other two organisations involved in the gift swap are Newground and Humraaz Refuge.