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The New Theatre Oxford is hoping to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to children who are receiving treatment at Oxford Children’s Hospital this festive season.
We are launching a gift appeal and are asking for donations of presents, which will be delivered to youngsters at the hospital in December.
Members of the public can drop off gifts at the New Theatre box office, in George Street, Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm (5pm on days when there is no evening performance) until December 6.
The donations should be suitable for children aged from birth up to 16-years-old. The hospital has requested that the presents are not wrapped so they can ensure children receive suitable gifts. However, should you wish to put a ribbon or bow on the gift that is not an issue.
The gifts will be delivered by members of the cast of Miracle on 34th Street, which is at the theatre from December 9 - 11.
Penny Hambridge, Children’s Development Officer at the Children’s Hospital, said: ‘We are delighted that the New Theatre is supporting the Oxford Children's Hospital this Christmas by collecting toys for the children and would like to say a huge thank you to them.
‘Christmas is a magical time for children and in the hospital we aim to make it as special as possible for those who are in hospital around this time. We look forward to meeting some of the cast of Miracle on 34th Street.’
Area theatre manager at the New Theatre, Elizabeth Adlington, said: It gives us great pleasure to be able to be support Oxford Children’s Hospital with our gift appeal. Nobody wants to spend their Christmas in hospital so we want to make this time extra special for patients and hope that our audiences will help us to achieve this goal.
‘We’re incredibly grateful to the cast of Miracle on 34th Street for their support and hope their visit is a magical one for the children.’
Miracle on 34th Street producer, Paul Taylor-Mills, said: We are thrilled to be able to support the New Theatre’s gift appeal to make the festive season that bit more special for children at the Oxford Children’s Hospital.
‘The story of Miracle on 34th Street is all about spreading the Christmas spirit and we’re very excited about sending a very ‘special guest’ along to help deliver the presents.
To launch the appeal we are holding a photo call on Thursday 21 November at 11am. Members of the media are invited to come along to the box office where members of staff will be on hand with a number of gifts.