Bride and groom ask guests to buy toys for hospital instead of gifts

Gemma Morris and her daughter Katie, delivering gifts to Royal Alex Children’s Hospital

Gemma Morris and her daughter Katie, delivering gifts to Royal Alex Children’s Hospital

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A COUPLE sacrificed their wedding gifts to provide toys and games for young hospital patients.

Gemma and Matt Morris were married last weekend but asked guests to bring gifts for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton instead of buying them items.

The hospital has cared for the Uckfield pair’s four-year-old daughter Katie since she was diagnosed with an egg allergy at 18 months.

The youngster and her mother also spent five nights at the Royal Alex last year when the Katie had her appendix out.

Mrs Morris, 31, who also has a son, Sam, aged three, visited the hospital on Monday morning with Katie to hand over the gifts.

They included arts and crafts supplies, Lego, board games, a wooden train set and much more.

Mrs Morris said: “The hospital has done so much for us and we wanted to give something back. Our guests were really generous. We’ve brought one car load but we are going to have to do another run as we’ve had more come in since the wedding.

“I think people enjoyed the idea of picking out a present for the hospital. Some of the gifts were ones they enjoyed playing with when they were younger, or ones that their own children like.

“Katie was obviously interested in all the presents and we had to stop her from unwrapping them. She may get a chance to look at them the next time she is here for a check-up.

“The hospital and the staff have always been brilliant to us and I’m really impressed with the work they do here. I just hope these help.”

Kate Woodhams, hospital play specialist, said: “We are very grateful to Gemma and Matt for their generous gesture.

“To donate their wedding gifts to help young patients is a wonderful thing to do and I know it will be really appreciated by the children.”

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8:40am Fri 8 Aug 14

nissancars says...

thats a very nice gesture on their behalf as toys are always needed. congrats on your wedding and thanks to your gifts will make a lot of children smile in a stressfull enviroment
thats a very nice gesture on their behalf as toys are always needed. congrats on your wedding and thanks to your gifts will make a lot of children smile in a stressfull enviroment nissancars
  • Score: 11

8:42am Fri 8 Aug 14

LewesMum says...

What a fantastic gesture. The new toys are much needed and will be well used.
Great to read happy and positive news . Well done Mr and Mrs Morris
What a fantastic gesture. The new toys are much needed and will be well used. Great to read happy and positive news . Well done Mr and Mrs Morris LewesMum
  • Score: 7

8:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

tooned_in says...

At last a piece of uplifting news, what a wonderful thing to do....top work guys wishing you many mnaay happy years together.
At last a piece of uplifting news, what a wonderful thing to do....top work guys wishing you many mnaay happy years together. tooned_in
  • Score: 7

11:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

Honda driver says...

Let us hope that this gesture catches on. After all, no newly married couple needs a dozen toasters.
Let us hope that this gesture catches on. After all, no newly married couple needs a dozen toasters. Honda driver
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

Hmmmm, I blame the greens
Hmmmm, I blame the greens Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -3

11:26am Sat 9 Aug 14

Bob George says...

Simply beautiful.
Simply beautiful. Bob George
  • Score: 1

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