Hinchingbrooke Hospital is helping to bring Christmas cheer to local children in need with the launch of its Giving Tree.

The tree is covered with gift tags which represent underprivileged children in the local area and people are being encouraged to take a tag and purchase a gift for each child.

Natalie Styles-Hudson, named nurse for safeguarding children and children's pathway lead at Hinchingbrooke, said: "Many of these children's families are homeless or living in temporary accommodation such as hostels or bed and breakfasts. Their parents or relatives are unlikely to be able to afford to buy them a present this year, so it's fantastic to think that we can help by giving them something special to open on Christmas Day."

The Giving Tree was launched last week at Hinchingbrooke's Christmas tree lights ceremony. Local children hung the gift tags on the tree which is in the main entrance.

Anyone wishing to help should pick a tag from the tree and buy a Christmas present appropriate for the age and sex of the child on the tag and then

bring the present to the hospital unwrapped in a plastic bag or a gift bag.