A fundraiser has been set up after the children's ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital had its play room "ransacked".

Paul Billington, from Plumstead who set up the funding page, said he was saddened to hear the news that the Safari Ward had some gaming equipment stolen.

He told News Shopper: "My daughter has used that ward, as have many other families in the borough, and to hear that someone has targeted children and the ward in this way, is truly despicable.

"The items in that ward help provide a welcome distraction from the illnesses and conditions those children attending the ward are encountering. The loss of such items is bound to hit those children in the ward, as well as the staff and volunteers, hard."

You can find Paul's GoFundMe here.

It was first reported an Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Wii, and other games and DVDs were stolen from the Safari Ward, but the hospital later confirmed it was only a Nintendo Wii controller and some games.

The ward treats hundreds of children every year and has around 20 beds, which are in constant demand.

They treat children with medical conditions such as diabetes or epilepsy, as well as orthopaedic conditions, and minor surgery such as dentistry.

Paul continued: "I thought it would be an idea for those who are unable to donate items, to set up a crowdfunding page in order for the ward to purchase any replacement items.

"In much the same way as what recently happened to the wonderful cafe in Charlton Park, the borough has rallied around and pulled together in the past for those that need the communities assistance."

Sally Cudmore, will also be holding a trolley appeal at Asda in Charlton on May 15 and is asking for anybody that also has any second hand items they would like to donate to get involved.

Paul hopes that his fundraiser and this trolley appeal will help put some smiles back on the faces of the children on that ward, both now and in the future.