Father Christmas uses cherry picker to safely visit a children's hospital

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A Santa swapped his traditional sleigh with reindeer for a cherry picker on Monday for a visit to Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Father Christmas carried out a series of visits to young patients on the wards but – to ensure he was Covid-safe – he made sure he remained outside… which is where the cherry picker came into play.

The hospital teamed up with BAM Construction company to arrange the special event – to ensure the children still got a visit from Santa, despite Covid causing restricted access to the wards.

Santa was carried to the windows of all four floors of the building on the special vehicle. 

Staff at the hospital said the visit would ‘bring lots of smiles to those brave little faces’ of the children – many of whom will be spending Christmas in hospital.

Laura Whelan, deputy head of nursing at the hospital, commented: ‘Being in hospital at Christmas is hard for our young patients, but our team pulls out all the stops to make it as fun as possible.

‘This year, we’ve had to think really creatively about how we can keep the Christmas magic alive and, with the help of our charities and supporters, we have had some fantastic virtual activities for patients to get involved in.

‘Having Santa visit from the outside really is the icing on the cake and will bring lots of smiles to these brave little faces. We can’t thank BAM Construction enough for their help.’

The children’s hospital is one of the largest in the country and provides specialist care for children from across the north of England.

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