A Bolton man was the driving force behind more than 1,000 books being donated to Royal Bolton Hospital after his one-year-old daughter spent Christmas Day there last year.

Tesco have donated 1,500 children’s and adult’s books for patients to use during their stay at the hospital and for staff.

The supermarket’s Oakwood Distribution Centre have made use of surplus stock to donate items to organisations where it can make a difference to the experience of others.

This comes after Richard Maher, planning manager at Oakwood Distribution, was the driving force behind the donation after his one-year-old received hospital care last Christmas.

Our Bolton NHS Charity, the trust’s official charity partner, will provide books to both staff working at the hospital and patients who are receiving care and treatment across the hospital.

Richard said: “I’m fortunate in my position working for Tesco that I’ve been given access to these books to use for community and charity purposes.

“Over the past couple of years, we have been donating these to local schools, who have put them to great use.

“This year we wanted to expand beyond the schools and when thinking of where we could do this, I thought back to last Christmas.

“Unfortunately, we spent most of Christmas Day in hospital with our one-year-old; however, the care she received was excellent and was presented with gifts that she loved!

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“We hope these books can not only be used for Christmas gifts to children and adults this year, but also around the hospital and anywhere else that they can help make a difference to the hospital and the people within.”

Sarah Skinner, charity manager at Our Bolton NHS Charity, said: “We know how important distractions, such as books, can be for our patients who are staying in hospital, particularly during festive holidays.

“We are so grateful to Oakwood Distribution for their generous donations of books, and we look forward to sharing the great reads with children and adults staying in hospital, and to our staff for their well-earned rest breaks.”

To find out more about how to get involved with Our Bolton NHS Charity, please visit the Trust’s website.

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