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Stormzy and Idris Elba play Santa for Newham University Hospital patients

PUBLISHED: 16:15 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:15 14 December 2017

Idris Elba meets little Derek Duncan Picture: Barts Health

Idris Elba meets little Derek Duncan Picture: Barts Health

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Two very special Santas paid a visit to Newham University Hospital in the shape of actor Idris Elba and musician Stormzy.

Stormzy and Idris Elba dressed as Santa for the visit Picture: Barts HealthStormzy and Idris Elba dressed as Santa for the visit Picture: Barts Health

The pair donned festive gear to give presents to young patients at the Glen Road, Plaistow hospital today as well as speak to the staff that care for them.

Among the children to receive a treat from the celebrity duo was 20-month-old Derek Duncan, whose dad said: “What a surprise! Great to see two mega stars taking time out to dress up as Santa and bringing gifts for our son – a treasured memory. Thank you Newham Hospital.”

Idris, who comes from the borough, said: “I always wanted to give back in this way, to children’s hospitals.

“With a 15-year-old daughter and three-year-old son myself, I can only imagine the anguish and maybe even fear these children and their parents are experiencing.

There was even time for a picture with hospital staff Picture: Barts HealthThere was even time for a picture with hospital staff Picture: Barts Health

“This visit was just a moment for me to hopefully bring a smile to the children who are unwell, in hospital and away from the comfort of their homes during the Christmas period.”

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