Ableworld is teaming up with the Royal Stoke & County Hospital to help make Christmas Day in hospital a special day.

A spokesman said: "Nearly 1,000 elderly people will be in a bed at the hospital on Christmas Day, many without close family members who are able to visit them, so a small present to open can make a huge difference.

"We are appealing to the public this Christmas to fill a shoe box with small things which we may all take for granted, but that an elderly person would appreciate.

"Ideas include puzzle books, hot chocolate, biscuits, warm socks, gloves, slippers, scarves, hats, tins of soup, toiletries, confectionary, pens, puzzle books or handmade gifts - the list is endless, but please no alcohol."

Donations can be taken to Ableworld stores, including Crewe, Nantwich, Northwich, before December 18.

Ableworld will ensure all donations will be delivered directly to the Royal Stoke & County Hospital before the big day.

Ableworld was involved in a similar initiative last year and collected a staggering 143 shoeboxes.

Ableworld is the largest mobility and stairlift retailer in the country.