An Earby-based charity has brought Christmas cheer to poorly children at Airedale General Hospital with craft gifts.

The children's ward (ward 17) at the hospital in Steeton reached out for help at Christmas to the Robert Windle's Foundation.

The charity, based in the Old Grammar School in School Lane, leapt into action to donate.

Foundation trustee, Gary Kay, said: "We’ve just donated arts and crafts for the children’s ward after they reached out for help.

"Even though the hospital is out of this area, a lot of Pendle children go to the hospital and we could not say no to helping."

Lancashire Telegraph: The foundation supplied craft materials as the staff told Gary they were really struggling with lack of funding. 

The Robert Windle Foundation is a registered charity, whose role is to provide help with education to the youth of the ancient Parish of Thornton-in Craven.

The Earby Grammar School has provided education to the people of the Ancient Parish of Thornton in Craven (this includes Thornton, Earby, Kelbrook and Harden) for more than 400 years. It is owned and run by Robert Windle Foundation.

The school building situated in School Lane, Earby, is still in use and is held in high regard by local people. 

The Grammar School was built in 1600 following a bequest left to the people of Thornton-in-Craven by Robert Windle his complicated will included monies left to the inhabitants of the parish.

Eventually the legal complications were dealt with and a school was built.

The hospital also has an Amazon wish list so others can donate to the ill children.