Staff from Sanctuary Housing have been spreading seasonal cheer with a Christmas toy collection for children in Hackney.
Father Christmas made a special stop to deliver the presents to children attending a Stay and Play session at Kingsmead Community Centre.
The sessions, which are supported by Sanctuary, Hackney Marsh Partnership and Hackney Learning Trust, offer a relaxed environment for parents and carers to get to know each other, along with plenty of fun activities to keep children entertained.
They are run by registered childminders, who are also able to offer advice and information about taking up childminding as a career and signpost people to local training opportunities.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager Toby Moore said: “Our staff gave very generously and it was wonderful to see the excitement on the children’s faces when we delivered the presents.
“The Stay and Play sessions offer a valuable service to both parents and children on the Kingsmead estate and something we are delighted to be able to support.”
Lizzy Idowu, who leads the Stay and Play sessions, added: “The children enjoyed meeting Father Christmas and we’d like to say a big thank you to the staff at Sanctuary for their generosity in providing the gifts.”
The Stay and Play sessions are funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.