Published: 23/12/2015 10:05 - Updated: 23/12/2015 10:12

Festive goodwill brings appeal closer to target

Written byVal Sweeney

Santa and his helpers receive a consignment of toys to deliver to the children's ward.
Santa and his helpers receive a consignment of toys to deliver to the children's ward.

The true spirit of Christmas is helping to push the Highland Children’s Unit Appeal closer to its £2 million target.

It is now just £180,000 short of its goal.

In the latest efforts, senior NHS Highland staff dressed as elves to help out at the fundraising Santa’s grotto provided by the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness.

The city’s four Tesco stores have raised almost £6600 from a weekend of activities ranging from in-store staff sleepovers to a craft stall.

Those showing their support included Linda Kirkland, NHS Highland’s director of operations for Inner Moray Firth, Doreen Bell, associate clinical director for surgery at Raigmore, and Rachel MacDonald, management assistant at Raigmore.

They raised £451.35 when they swapped their day jobs to join Santa in his grotto.

Tesco staff from the Inverness Extra, Inshes, Inverness city and Ness-side stores were also delighted with their total after smashing their fundraising target of £5000 to sponsor a single room in the new unit. Each room will be equipped with cutting edge medical equipment and will house a pull-down bed to enable parents to sleep beside their children.

Toy store Hawkin’s Bazaar in the Eastgate Centre has also donated toys to ensure children staying in hospital over Christmas enjoy some festive cheer.

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