Youngsters at a children’s hospital looked like the cat that got the cream when they were visited by staff from a Chester dairy.

Family-owned Mortons and Harrisons Dairies, on Saughall Road, which has seven depots across the region, teamed up with its customers to donate toys and gifts for children of all ages at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Customers in Chester were encouraged to join the company’s ‘special delivery’ initiative after learning about it from more than 100 milkmen out on their rounds in December.

The milkmen agreed to collect donations of presents from customers and delivered them alongside their own gifts on a special decorated milk float at the new Alder Hey hospital building.

Operations director at Mortons and Harrisons Dairies, Julian Harrison, said: “We’re proud of all our staff and customers in Chester for being so generous at this time of year.

Julian Harrison, Irene Axon and Steve Ledsham from Mortons and Harrisons Dairies at Alder Hey Hospital
Julian Harrison, Irene Axon and Steve Ledsham from Mortons and Harrisons Dairies at Alder Hey Hospital

“We hope our special delivery brings a smile to the faces of children and their families who are staying in Alder Hey at Christmas this year.

“Alder Hey is close to our hearts and we fully support the great work they do for so many children and families around the UK. We were astounded by the number of our customers who donated gifts. It was a great community effort and we’d like to thank everyone who gave generously to such a good cause.”

Head of community fundraising at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Cath Harding, said: “We’re delighted with this special delivery from Mortons and Harrisons Dairies. It’s lovely to hear so many customers and staff wanted to get involved to support the children and families who are staying at Alder Hey this year.”

Mortons and Harrisons Dairies is a family-run dairy company which has been operating and delivering milk to the local communities since the 1920s. The company has grown significantly over the past 80 years to become the North West’s largest dairy, with more than 55,000 customers and 230 staff.