Young patients at Slough's Wexham Park Hospital are enjoying some festive cheer, thanks to the generosity of the local community.

Footballers, supermarket workers and airline staff are among those who have visited Ward 24, the children’s ward, in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Many came bearing gifts such as toys or treats.More visitors are expected in the run up to the big day.

Senior matron Ros Rushworth said: “We have been amazed by the incredible generosity of the local community and the compassion shown for the children and young people we care for.”

The fun began at the start of December when Santa made a virtual visit from the North Pole via live video link to hear the children’s Christmas wishes courtesy of Cisco’s Connected Santa programme.

Children also received a visit from Beaconsfield Football Club who presented gifts from supporters and gave a donation to the play room.

Staff at Tesco in Gerrards Cross are regular festive visitors to the ward and made their annual trip to the hospital to deliver gifts donated by customers as well as chocolates.

While a team from United Airlines arrived in uniform this week to hand out soft toys to the children.

Others due to visit over the next week include players from Slough Town Football Club and regular ward fundraiser Joe Elms.

Firefighters from Langley Fire Station will arrive on Christmas Day with gifts from a recent toy collection, as will local children’s author Lea Parris Cambridge with presents donated by local businesses.

Mrs Rushworth added: “A stay in hospital can be difficult for children at any time of the year, especially at Christmas.

“We are grateful to everyone helping to make our young patients’ time with us over the festive period a little happier.”