Children have been given something to smile about this Christmas thanks to kind-hearted Barclays staff from city centre offices in Birmingham.

Children at the Acorns Hospice and the Norman Laud Centre received a visit from Barclays staff taking with them gifts of toys, DVDs, books and a donation of #300 to each charity. The monies will be used by the Norman Laud charity towards equipment for a sensory room.

Staff from the two Barclays centres, Midland Business Banking Centre in Colmore Row and UK Banking Service Centre in Summer Row recently organised a trip and a party to the Sealife Centre for children from the two charities which sparked the donation idea.

Andy Jarrett, employee fundraising manager Acorns Children's Hospice said "It is great that Barclays have chosen to celebrate their achievements with customer service by thinking of children and their families who are cared for by local charities in such a way. Charities like Acorns rely almost entirely on such generosity."

Alison Johnson, Fundraising Manager at The Norman Laud Association said: "We are absolutely thrilled that Barclays chose to support our work. The money raised will go directly towards helping the children we care for. Thank you to everyone at Barclays for the fabulous fundraising efforts".

Nicola Davis, the group leader from Barclays added: "I am so proud to work for Barclays and really show that Barclays is serious in its commitment to communities.

"We had a great time organising the Sealife trip for the children and carers and we wanted to do more.

"We have all pulled together and it is a great example of Barclays strengthening the local communities in which we live and work by supporting causes at a local level."