Children with eating problems took part in a fun event at Airedale Hospital designed to help them overcome their aversions.

Activities during the two-hour session, for under-fives and their parents included finding animals in jelly and a ‘smells box’ of different foods. And it culminated with a party tea.

Angela Freeman, a paediatric dietician at the hospital, who spearheaded the event with the NHS trust’s child development centre, said: “The parents found the party very helpful for their children’s progress – in their evaluation forms, they commented on how fun and relevant the session was, exposing their children to activities with food they wouldn’t usually do.

“We hope to offer something like this again in the future.”