Jason Maponga, 8, was the first patient to receive a new bear. Jason, from Basildon, suffers from asthma and his cuddly toys have to be put in the freezer regularly to kill house dust mites that can make his allergy worse. He said: “I’m going to call him Snowflake because he will get cold.”
The benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, organised the donation through the Thurrock office of the Essex Chambers of Commerce. Sharon Saunders, Thurrock Office Manager, delivered 70 bears to the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital, and another 20 to the children’s outpatient clinic at Orsett Hospital.
Sharon said: “The teddies were given by a member of the Chamber of Commerce who has an import and export business.
“It was so nice to visit the children’s wards and clinic at Basildon and Orsett hospitals. They are brilliant, with such dedicated staff and a lovely environment. They are very well provided, but children can always do with more toys.”
Laura Ryan, Play Team Leader at the Trust, said: “It was a lovely gesture to think of our young patients at Christmas. It will really cheer them up to find a teddy in their stocking.”