SELFLESS Maisie Hymers has been saving her pocket money all year round so she could buy presents for children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
The eight-year-old’s inspirational act resulted in saving up more than £400 and with that was able to buy 50 presents.
Maisie came up with the idea last year when she spent time in Queen Alexandra Hospital after she broke her arm.
Maisie, who goes to Victory Primary School, said: ‘I broke my arm last year and I was in hospital for a bit.
‘Then I thought the children who are in hospital won’t get presents and I decided to save my pocket money to buy them things.
‘I have got board games, teddy bears and toys.
‘I’m very pleased with how much I saved and want to do something again next year, but I don’t know what.’
Her parents Lucy Conway, 36, and Jason Hymers, 38, of Birdlip Road, Paulsgrove, could not be more proud.
Housewife Lucy said: ‘She told us she wanted to do this last Christmas and of course we said yes.
‘We are extremely proud of her for being so thoughtful.
‘She saved up most of her pocket money and family members put in a few pennies here and there to help too.’
Maisie made the donation to QA at the weekend with help from her parents, her Nan Kim Hymers, 57, sister Tilly, 11, and brother Rory, 11 months.
The family have been so thoughtful that they also bought batteries for all the gifts that require them.
They visited children in their ward beds and presented them with a gift, including one to George O’Shaughnessy.
The two-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and has to make many trips to the QA.
His dad Craig, 29, of Milton Road, Milton, said: ‘It was so overwhelming to see a lovely girl do such a lovely thing.
‘George spends a lot of time in hospital, he’s always smiling anyway, but this just made him smile more.’
Tracy Morgan is a play specialist at QA.
She said: ‘What Maisie has done is so inspirational – it’s amazing.
‘This donation will make a massive difference to all the children on the ward over Christmas and we would like to say thank you.’