Zara Smith donated almost two boxes of face masks she had received as a Christmas present to Queenscourt Hospice in Southport

When 10-year-old Zara Smith heard there was a shortage of surgical masks for health workers, she immediately offered to donate one of her Christmas presents to Queenscourt Hospice in Southport!

An aspiring doctor, Zara received a full medical kit from Father Christmas which included two boxes of genuine surgical masks.

Although she had used some of them when carrying out operations on her teddy bears, Zara still had about 80 masks which have now been put to good use at Queenscourt.


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Zara, a pupil at Scarisbrick Hall School, explains why she wanted to help Queenscourt: “I had some masks and I heard that people needed them so thought it would be better if they could have them.”

As well as donating the masks, Zara also wanted to cheer staff up at Queenscourt so included with the package a colourful rainbow picture along with a handwritten note.

Zara’s parents, Kate and Paul, and big brother Harrison are all proud of her for giving away part of her Christmas present, but are not surprised by her generosity.

“She is very kind and caring and is always thinking of others and trying to cheer others up,” said Kate.

“She is doing OK without the masks as she still has lots of syringes she can use on her teddies. She really wants to be a doctor when she’s older.”

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