Children at Whipps Cross Hospital were treated today with goodies as a local boy visited the hospital to donate his birthday presents.
When Reggie O’Shea, from Chigwell, turned 6 years old recently, instead of asking his friends for gifts he asked them to buy a gift to be donated to the patients in Acorn Ward.
Reggie said: “I wanted to give some presents to boys and girls who were in hospital. It was really exciting to come to Acorn Ward and meet the nurses and doctors.”
Lauren O’Shea, Reggie’s mother, said: "After seeing his dad donate gifts to the children at Whipps Cross every Christmas, Reggie came to me and said he wanted to do the same thing. So when his birthday party came, we let parents know that any gift will be donated to the children on the ward. They loved the idea and my husband and I are proud that he wanted to do it.”
Jen O’Sullivan, Acorn Ward Manager at Whipps Cross Hospital, said: “It was great to have Reggie pop in to donate gifts to our younger patients. He is such a star for being so selfless and the children loved their presents – it’s a real boost for them and their parents at what can be a difficult time.”