Appeal brings Christmas to hospital ward

Organiser behind Skegness Toy Bank Heather Nicholls EMN-160512-155223001
Organiser behind Skegness Toy Bank Heather Nicholls EMN-160512-155223001

Generous members of the public have donated £1,000 of Christmas decorations to Boston Pilgrim Hospital’s children’s ward.

Hospital staff contacted Skegness woman Heather Nicholls, with Heather having collected donations of toys for the ward last year.

Staff came up with the idea of decorating the ward for Christmas, and enlisted the help of the 36-year-old.

Heather put out an appeal on her Skegness Toy Bank Facebook page highlighting the types of decorations that were needed.

About £1,000 of decorations were purchased by people and donated to the cause.

Heather said: “The staff were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.”

She set up the Skegness Toy Bank last year to collect donations of quality toys.

The appeal saw tags placed in businesses around Skegness. Each tag told the buyer if the present was for a boy or girl, as well as giving an age.

It proved so popular that more 1,000 toys were purchased, with the donations split between the children’s ward and Boston Women’s Aid.

This year’s appeal saw Heather ask for princess glitter Nutcracker statues, reindeer toys and fairy lights – all of which are now in place at the hospital, giving the ward a festive feel in the run-up to Christmas.

Heather took the decorations to the hospital Pilgrim last month for staff to decorate the ward just in time for Christmas.

Heather said: “I am really happy with the success of the second year.”

If you would like to be involved with future toy bank appeals, email Heather at

Alternatively, search for Skegness Toy Bank on Facebook.