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Children highlight the gift of giving

PUBLISHED: 14:30 24 December 2015

Christmas gifts for the JPUH Children's Ward.

Christmas gifts for the JPUH Children's Ward.

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A family from Gunton will dress as elves and Santa today as they deliver some extra-special gifts.

Demonstrating the true spirit of Christmas, the Moyse family will surprise youngsters on the children’s and young person’s ward at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with sackfuls of presents for them to enjoy.

For the past few weeks James and Samantha Moyse, along with their children Emily, Ruby, Jack, and Lilly-May, have embarked on a special crusade to spread some festive cheer.

Since November 23, they have been buying, collecting and receiving donated presents from neighbours, friends, family and the generous people of Lowestoft ahead of delivering all the gifts to patients on ward ten at the JPUH today (Christmas Eve).

And with Christmas coming early for the young patients, it all stemmed from an idea to help others in need.

Mrs Moyse, 29, said that during the BBC’s Children in Need appeal, Emily had asked ‘what happens to all the poorly people in hospital who don’t get any presents over Christmas?’

Gunton Primary Academy pupils Emily, who is 10, Ruby, seven, and Jack, five, then said it would be nice to help the young children over the festive period.

So Mr Moyse, 30, rang up the hospital and explained what his children wanted to do – and they were given the go-ahead to collect some gifts for the ward.

The family then shared their plans with friends and family, as well as adding a post on Facebook – and within the space of a month they have been “inundated” with gifts.

Mrs Moyse said: “All those children wake up on Christmas Day in hospital, with some not having any immediate presents, so this is a way of bringing some cheer to them.”

With gifts for all ages – from those a few months old to 19-year-olds – the family have been sorting through all the presents, separating them into gifts for both and girls, labelling them into the respective age groups and then individually wrapping them,

Mrs Moyse said: “A lot of people have donated gifts, and we bought lots of presents for the age groups that was needed – the response has been lovely. “We can’t believe how generous people have been.”

Mr Moyse added: “The generosity of the people that have donated has been outstanding. As parents for a child to come up to us and say this is what they wanted to do, it makes us feel the proudest parents to be honest.

“The kids are already excited. They can’t wait to dress up and go and deliver the presents. It’s something that they wanted to do – to see the smiles on the faces of the other children – and we’ll be extremely proud.”

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