Gratitude to readers after presents for patients on Christmas Day are delivered to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital

Emma McKay, director of nursing at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Emma McKay, director of nursing at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Nicholas Carding, health correspondent at the EDP and Evening News, with a portion of the presents donated by Evening News readers for the Send a Smile with Santa campaign. - Credit: Archant

A big round of thanks is today given to everyone who supported the Evening News and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's (N&N) Christmas present appeal, after the deadline for donations passed.

Readers reacted in droves to our Send a Smile with Santa campaign - run jointly with the N&N - with many different presents left at our office on Rouen Road during the month-long campaign.

Yesterday the Evening News handed over around 300 presents, enough to fill two cars, to the hospital.

Many presents have also been donated directly to the hospital, while other businesses have already dropped off their collected presents.

N&N staff will count and wrap the presents later this week.

Emma McKay, director of nursing at the hospital, said: 'We've been thrilled by the generosity shown by local people and businesses over the course of our Send a Smile with Santa campaign and I'd like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has donated presents.

'The hospital staff work hard to make Christmas a happy time for patients and families, and the donations we have received from the public will make it an extra special time for them.

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'We're determined that our patients do not miss out on the magic of Christmas simply because they are in hospital.'

Evening News editor David Powles said: 'We're delighted that so many Evening News readers have taken the time to donate presents for the appeal.

'From businesses to families – many people have been kind enough to give us items that will make spending Christmas on a hospital ward a more festive experience.

'We want to thank everyone who has donated to the appeal and hope the patients like the presents.'

The Evening News will reveal the number of presents donated once all the acceptable items have been counted.

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