A KIND-HEARTED family helped bring Christmas joy to staff at Colchester Hospital.

Zoe Meakin and her family - Dallas, Harrison and Emily - helped cook up a festive meal for some staff after hospital bosses axed the goodwill gesture.

Gazette camera club member Denise Millen said: “One of our lovely colleagues,who wasn’t working, got up at 6am and cooked Christmas dinner for the ward and delivered it with her husband and two children.

“I have to say it was pretty amazing and what a wonderful thing to do.”