Penguin is perfect gift for children

Former hospital porter Stephen Deyes (left) presents a giant penguin toy to the hospital children's ward with Play Worker Tracey Cleminson and two year old Lotta Vine. 110209a.
Former hospital porter Stephen Deyes (left) presents a giant penguin toy to the hospital children's ward with Play Worker Tracey Cleminson and two year old Lotta Vine. 110209a.

A RETIRED Scarborough hospital porter brought a smile to the children’s ward by introducing the youngsters to a new furry friend.

Stephen Deyes, who worked at Scarborough Hospital for 10 years, presented the ward with a giant penguin toy that he won at a Christmas draw.

Illness prevented Mr Deyes from acting on his kind gesture over the festive period, but he visited the ward at his first chance to meet the children and give his Christmas gift.

“It felt really good to be able to give the toy to the children, and I hope it brings some pleasure and happiness to them. The children were all very excited the moment they saw the penguin.”

Mr Deyes retired from his job at the hospital in December 2009 and said it was “very strange” to return: “Working at Scarborough Hospital was very enjoyable. Everyone knew who you were, and everyone was always very friendly and cheery.”