Christmas arrived early at Epsom General Hospital thanks to a generous donation.

To thank the hospital staff and raise spirits with patients staying in the hospital over the festive season, Barratt London donated a 12-foot Christmas tree and lights to the hospital.

Pam Reardon, sales and marketing director for Barratt East London said: “At Barratt London, we are committed to helping communities in as many ways as possible.

"We are sensitive to the idea that it can be difficult to be away from home during this time of year, so we wanted to help make the hospital feel as homely and bright as possible for patients.

"It has been our pleasure to be able to make this donation to Epsom Hospital, and we hope that they enjoy our contribution as much as we enjoyed making it.”

The tree was unveiled during a light switch on ceremony in the main entrance to the hospital, which kickstarted the festive season for staff, patients, and families.

With the tree set to stay up until after Christmas, guests are invited to add a personal touch to make the tree their own, by decorating their own ‘memory baubles’, which acts as a tribute to patients at the hospital, or to remember those that have passed away.

Lisa Thomson, director of communications and patient experience at Epsom General Hospital, said: “We are so happy to have received the Christmas tree and lights from Barratt London and would like to thank them for their kind donation.

“If you would like to remember a loved one or someone special, please fill in one of the decorations and place it on our Christmas tree in memory of them. We hope that, by the end of the festive seasons, both our trees will be decorated with tributes to local people who have touched the lives of those around them.”