Seriously ill children in intensive care at St Mary's Hospital were give a big sprinkling of Christmas cheer on Sunday (December 11), just weeks after £3,000 was stolen by callous theives.

The criminals took toys, decorations, and a Father Christmas suit that were all due to be used at a Christmas party for youngsters, hosted by the charity COSMIC (Children of St Mary's Intensive Care.)

After the shocking theft from a hospital store room at Paddington Hospital in Pared Street between October 3 and November 17, the charity had an overwhelming public response.

Thousands of pounds and hundreds of presents were donated for the party, with help pouring in from members of the public and businesses.

Mum Gemma pulls a cracker with 2 year old daughter Charlotte at the Cosmic Christmas party at the Lancaster London Hotel.

A crowdfunding page was set up on November 25 in the wake of the theft, setting a target of just £3,000.

Five year old Mikolaj enjoys a ride courtesy of the National Elf Service at the Cosmic Christmas party at the Lancaster London Hotel

But three weeks after the page was launched, a staggering £36,000 was donated to help the charity keep the Christmas cheer alive for the youngsters in intensive care.

Santa meets 4 year old Isla at the Cosmic Christmas party at the Lancaster London Hotel.

White City car dealership Cargiant pledged to donate £2,000 worth of toys, and online retailer Very.co.uk gave 150 presents on Tuesday (December 7).

The Christmas party went ahead on Sunday (December 11) and the children were treated to presents from Santa Claus and performances from an acting group.

Charity hit by thieves who stole Christmas gifts meant for sick kids in intensive care receives overwhelming public donations

The City Acting Group perform Little Red Riding Hood at the Cosmic Christmas party at the Lancaster London Hotel

Held at the Lancaster Hotel near Hyde Park, the children enjoyed a performance of Little Red Riding Hood by the City Acting Group and donated presents were handed out, making Christmas a little more special for the kids.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the theft and anyone with information is being urged to come forward by calling 101.

Eight year old Ahmed gets a gift from Santa at the Cosmic Christmas party at the Lancaster London Hotel

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