Courtney's collection is all about giving at Christmas

Courtney Hughes with Kevin Ritson, centre, and teacher Adam Tamplin.

Courtney Hughes with Kevin Ritson, centre, and teacher Adam Tamplin. Buy this photo

First published in News

A PUPIL at Didcot Girls’ School has started a charity Secret Santa to make Christmas special for people who will be in hospital.

Courtney Hughes, 14, from Didcot, is working with Helen & Douglas House hospice in East Oxford, and Oxford Children’s Hospital to collect gifts for their patients and families.

She said: “Being ill, and away from your family at Christmas, is such a sad thought. The best gift at Christmas is the gift of giving.”

Courtney’s school is backing the campaign, along with family friend Kevin Ritson, who runs K&K newsagents in Brasenose Road, Didcot. Mr Ritson’s daughter, Ella, who was left with cerebral palsy after a brain tumour, died three years ago after receiving care at Helen & Douglas House.

Donations can be dropped off at K&K News until December 18.

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