A CHARITY has delivered nearly 500 gift boxes to hospitals across Britain.

Set up by Stocksfield’s Kate Stanforth, Project Parent delivers gift boxes full of essentials and presents over the Christmas holidays to families with children in hospital.

Each box typically contains a mug, tea bags, toiletries, a mindfulness colouring book, ear plugs and eye masks – all of which help to make parents’ stays more comfortable.

Kate, who was diagnosed with ME nine years ago and also has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, was inspired after her own experiences in hospital.

This year volunteers delivered boxes to nine hospitals including Newcastle RVI, the children’s heart unit at Newcastle’s Freeman hospital, Southampton General, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool and Kingston General in London.

Gift boxes were also donated to North-East-based charity Bringing Back a Smile, which raises funds for adults and children with life-threatening illnesses.

“We had an amazing team of volunteers and supporters who were able to make the project a reality, and who I’m so grateful for,” said Kate.