Darlington Building Society is helping to put smiles on the faces of youngsters at Zoe’s Place this festive season.

The Society’s Middlesbrough branch is acting as a donation point for toys, which are to be given as Christmas presents to children and infants receiving care at the Zoe’s Place Hospice in Normanby.

The branch has also used money from the Community Fund, which was set up to celebrate Darlington Building Society’s 160th anniversary, to provide siblings of the Hospice’s patients with a gift of their own.

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Normanby, Middlesbrough provides palliative and respite care for babies and infants from birth to 5 years old, who have life limiting and life shortening conditions.

Clare Wilson, Middlesbrough Branch Manager at Darlington Building Society, said: “Zoe’s Place is a wonderful charity that provides babies and children with life limiting and life threatening conditions with respite and palliative care.

“Christmas is the time for giving and being with family and at this time of year the hospice provides Christmas presents for the children and their siblings at the very special Christrmas party we hold where Santa arrives and delivers the presents to everyone.”

Elaine Dunning, Corporate Fundraiser of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice, said: “We are delighted to receive the support of Darlington Building Society and the gifts provided have enabled our nursing team to provide wonderful presents for every child and sibling involved with Zoë’s Place and make Christmas extra special.”