Family ‘overwhelmed’ by community’s generosity

The huge amount of donations from the local community for the Children's Hospital

Donna Purnell (back, left) with daughters Georgia (back, right), Jasmine (front, left) and Summer (right) with the huge amount of donations for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

A Knowle West family has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of the community – as donations of new toys for the Bristol Children’s Hospital have come pouring in.

Mum Donna Purnell and daughters Georgia (14), Summer (10) and four-year-old Jasmine have been busy collecting and sorting toys to take them to  the hospital for children who have to be there over Christmas. This is the second year they have run the scheme as part of the Wallace and Grommit Appeal.

But they never expected such a response – with donations being dropped off for youngsters aged nought to 16 now taking over the living room and totalling over 350.

Donna who works at the Children’s Hospital said: “It’s to give children in the hospital an extra special Christmas with a new present. I put it on Facebook and people donated. We had the first one on 14 September and it’s gone wild…

“It’s now taking up half the living room – we’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity. I  want to thank all the people who have come through – around 54 people have donated over 350 presents. Every age range is covered – from baby rattles to smelly sets for teenage boys and girls…”

Eldest daughter Georgia who attends Bedminster Down Secondary School said: “Last year it took two cars to bring all the presents to the hospital and this year there’s more…

“It’s good to do this for them – as not being home for Christmas is a really hard thing, let alone being sick and in hospital.”

The two younger girls attend Greenfields Primary School where a lot of the mums have also donated toys.

Summer said: “Now people  have found out about it it’s got really big, I’m very happy for them as the children might not have had anything and not being with your family for Christmas is sad.”

The presents will be taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital today – and any extra will be stored and given for those in hospital on their birthday during the year and used by Play Leaders at the hospital.