A Plumstead resident who set up a fundraiser for Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been thanked for his efforts.

Paul Billington started a GoFundMe after toys and games were stolen from the children's ward.

He raised a massive £1,205 for the staff to replace essential play equipment suitable for children of all ages.

News Shopper originally reported when the hospital was calling for the help of locals to replace the stolen goods.

The Plumstead man wasn't the only one to help out, many other companies and people threw their hat into the ring to donate a very generous amount of equipment.

Paul was invited to QEH to hand over the donation on June 18, where he got to meet staff and patients.

He said: “After recent events I wanted to do something for the children’s ward. So I did some fundraising and I have been so touched by the generosity of the local community who have donated towards this and would like to thank them too.”

Paul told News Shopper in May that his daughter had used the ward and that to hear that someone had targeted a children's ward was truly despicable.

Robert Cole, Head of Nursing, for children and young people’s services said: “We would like to thank Paul for his kind donation to safari children’s ward. These donations really do make a difference to our patients we care for and when people go to such lengths to raise money, it is just wonderful."

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.