An eight-year-old girl baked hundreds of cookies to raise money for children in hospital this Christmas

Olive Low baked 342 cookies with her aunty Laura O’Connor and watched the orders roll in after her dad posted about her idea on Instagram.

She raised more than £1,000 to help children at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust, donated four large sacks full of toys to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity on November 30.

They were presented to Davina Yeomans, play worker, and Chantel Taylor, play specialist, to hand out to children on the hospitals' wards this Christmas.

Olive, from Chelmsford, said: “I thought that children in hospital over Christmas don’t get to play with toys so I came up with the idea of baking cookies.

“I enjoy baking when I visit my auntie Laura’s house as she makes it fun with lots of glitter and sparkles. I really loved getting to choose all the toys to donate and was excited to give them to the hospital.”