This year we would like to welcome you to our Christmas Grotto at Lister Hospital in Stevenage to deliver donated toys for poorly children staying on our wards over the festive season.

Our Christmas Grotto will run from Monday 6th December through to Thursday 9th December, with 5 slots available on each day from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Due to our hospital sites remaining under Covid-19 restrictions please take note of the requirements below with regards to donating toys to our patients in order to keep everyone on site safe.

Gifts must be:

  • Brand new and in original packaging (unfortunately we cannot accept second hand toys)
  • Individual presents that can be taken home by a child
  • Appropriate for children from 0-16 years
  • Non-perishable (no food or confectionary)
  • Unwrapped and in sealed bags

To set up your own fundraiser for our Magic of Play Christmas Grotto please click here.

At the bottom of this page you will find a number of 30-minute appointment slots to come and visit our grotto. Unfortunately these are the only appointments we will be able to offer this year. They will be allocated on a first come-first served basis so please book quickly before they go. Please arrive promptly at the time of your scheduled visit to allow for the smooth running of the grotto.

We will only be able to invite a maximum of 2 visitors per slot to deliver Christmas gifts and get a picture with our paediatric team if available. We are also asking that you do not bring children along to the donation drop off.

Please note, toy donations cannot be removed from their sealed bags and photos will be socially distanced with masks worn. Presents will then be quarantined before being handed out to patients. Unfortunately, you will not be able hand over gifts to patients directly this year.

Details concerning the location of the Grotto within Lister Hospital will be sent out to visitors closer to the event.

While on site you will have access to face masks which you must wear unless you are exempt, hand washing facilities and hand gel but please ensure you bring your own with you.

Before you visit our Christmas Grotto please complete our Gift in Kind form so that we can keep a record of your kind donations.

Friendly reminder: Please do not come onto site if you have had any recent flu-like symptoms or Covid-19 symptoms and please do not visit the hospital site unannounced with gifts if you haven't booked an appointment slot. This event is subject to Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines.

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Monday 6th December 10am

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Monday 6th December 11am

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Monday 6th December 12pm

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Monday 6th December 2pm

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Monday 6th December 3pm

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Tuesday 7th December 10am

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Tuesday 7th December 11am

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Tuesday 7th December 12pm

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Tuesday 7th December 2pm

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Tuesday 7th December 3pm

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Wednesday 8th December 10am

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Wednesday 8th December 11am

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Wednesday 8th December 12pm

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Wednesday 8th December 2pm

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Thursday 9th December 10am

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Thursday 9th December 11am

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Thursday 9th December 12pm

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Thursday 9th December 2pm

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Thursday 9th December 3pm

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