Ilford firefighters deliver presents to children in hospital on Christmas Day

Ilford firefighters played Santa for a day when they delivered presents to children at King George Hospital on Christmas Day.

With the help of some nurses, Ilford Blue Watch took �200 they had raised with collections and charity projects to Toys ‘r’ Us to buy toys and games.

Crew manager Jim Jobson said they brought so many presents that some were left over for siblings of the children in the hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Donations raised this year have also helped the British Heart Foundation, The Bridge School for children with learning disabilities, in Islington, and Frenford Clubs, in Ilford.

Earlier in December, the firefighters also bought toys and games to brighten up children’s wait in Accident and Emergency.

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Fundraising is a long-held tradition for Ilford Blue Watch, who have raised tens of thousands of pounds for local charities over the years.

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