CHRISTMAS came early at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital as Reed Accountancy Brighton delivered more than 500 advent calendars to patients.

More than 30 businesses from Hastings to Chichester contributed to the fundraising effort by Reed Accountancy Brighton in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Charity.

Amy Farmer, play specialist at The Alex, said of the donation: “We’ve never received a donation of advent calendars before so this is a great way to start spreading Christmas cheer at the Alex.

“The calendars will be a nice treat for our long-term patients and their siblings, and we will make sure lots of children receive one as soon as possible!

“We can’t thank Reed Accountancy and the BSUH Charity enough.”

Maz Williams, senior executive recruitment consultant at Reed Accountancy Brighton, said: “This has been a great way for all businesses from across the area to show their support for the Hospital Charity and bring some festive joy as we get closer to Christmas.