A TOWCESTER firm is near to completing an appeal for poorly children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
Hot Tubs at Home, based in the Bell Plantation in Watling Street, has asked customers and colleagues to donate enough books, toys, games, teddies and clothing to fill a hot tub.
Jennifer Angood, co-owner of the hot tub specialists, was inspired to launch the appeal by her friend, Blisworth resident Ian Rhodes, whose young son Toby has undergone heart surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Mrs Angood said: “His dad Ian, a close friend of our company, has been such an inspiration to us.
“Raising money left, right and centre while looking after his other two children and working a full-time job while his wife has been by Toby’s side, every day.
“We decided, instead of asking people for cash donations, to donate presents for the children who will be spending their Christmas in hospital, including Toby.”
The appeal has been promoted since October 1, and only a few more donations are needed to completely fill the hot tub. Gifts will be taken to Northampton Hospital on December 22 and delivered to the children’s ward.
The appeal will close on December 21.