A major north-east recruitment firm has donated more than 600 toys to help support a Christmas campaign for a leading children’s charity.
Genesis Personnel – which has offices in Aberdeen and Peterhead – delivered the toys and pyjamas to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital as part of the Play Service’s Christmas gift appeal.
The firm had been appealing for gifts to donate since November.
The Play Service, which is supported by the hospital’s official charity Archie, uses play as a way to patients and their siblings entertained, and distract them from their stay.
This includes using toys and games to bring normality to the children when they need it most.
The gifts, which were donated by clients and employees of the recruitment firm, will this year bring a smile to the children who will be in hospital over Christmas.
Moira Murawiecka, sales and recruitment manager at Genesis, said they had decided to organise a gift appeal and donation instead of sending cards this year.
She added they were “overwhelmed” the support generated.
“We know that Christmas is a special time, but it will be undoubtedly hard for those in hospital, so we can hopefully make a difference with some extra gifts that will put a smile on their faces on Christmas day,” she said.
Maureen McDonald, a play specialist at the hospital, added: “The importance of play during a child’s stay in hospital cannot be underestimated and I know these latest additions to the play area will be put to good use.”
Archie provides extras in the hospital that its NHS funding cannot stretch to.
In 2011, this included funding a dedicated play leader – Samantha Ross – at the hospital.