Staff from a Watford soft play centre visited a children's hospital ward this afternoon to present a cheque and read to some of the youngest patients.

A fun day and party was held at Gambado, in Woodside Leisure Park, North Orbital Road, on May 1, to raise money for the unit at Watford General Hospital.

The event raised £550 for acute children's services at the hospital, which are delivered in the Starfish Ward, the Safari Day Unit and the children's emergency department.

Matron Caroline Dilks said: "Without donations like this we wouldn't be able to operate. We will be buying new equipment with this money which is essential for the ward."

After the cheque was handed over, Gambado staff stayed to hold a story telling session with some of the patients.

Bobbie Coupe, from Gambado, added: "We wante d to support a local charity and, as we are a children's centre, we thought the young patients here were the best people to help.

"We were really pleased with the event and hopefully we can do one every year."