A YOUNGSTER used her culinary skills to serve-up a treat for the hospital where she received care.

Nine-year-old Matilda Couzens made and sold jam to raise money for books, which will help keep young patients occupied in the children’s outpatients waiting rooms at Airedale Hospital.

Matilda, from Harden, was a patient of children’s services at the hospital.

She said: “I made the jam using blackcurrants, rhubarb and raspberries from my garden and raised £20.

“I wanted to buy some books so that other children who visit outpatients will have something nice to read. And I had fun choosing the books.”

Matilda presented the books to consultant paediatrician Dr Amanda Davey.

“This is a very kind thing for Matilda to do for other children,” said Dr Davey. “The books are lovely and I know they will be appreciated.

“On behalf of children’s outpatients and the hospital, I thank Matilda for making the jam and buying the books – what a wonderful way to raise money!”

The fundraising will also help Matilda towards being awarded a silver Blue Peter badge.