Elves takeover Blackpool Victoria Hospital in this year’s Christmas display

Half-dozen cheeky elves have set up shop in Blackpool Victoria Hospital as this year’s Christmas display comes to life.

Although the hospital will be seeing fewer visitors this year, the festive setup will hopefully bring a bit of Christmas cheer to the NHS staff and patients after a difficult year.

The scene in the main entrance of the hospital depicts “The National Elf Service Workshop”, a twist on Santa’s workshop, with the busy elves crafting and wrapping presents ready for them to be delivered.

The display has been curated by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Facilities Team and Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It was also sponsored by Barton Grange Garden Centre, Lidl, The Christmas Decorators, Christmas Trees and Lights and Mediaprint.

The Trust has already seen many messages of appreciation for putting the scene together.

Head of Blue Skies, Kila Redfearn, said: “We’re thrilled with the reaction we’ve had to the display. It’s not been the easiest year and our healthcare staff have been at the forefront of the fight, so hopefully this brings a little happiness and Christmas cheer to everyone.”

The charity is already underway with its annual appeal to ensure that every patient in hospital across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre wakes up on Christmas morning with a gift.

Usually appealing for presents, they’ve changed their plan this year and are instead asking the local community to donate £5 so presents can be bought in bulk by the charity, reducing the risk of infection.  To take part, visit: www.tiny.cc/donate-5