THE 40 babies in the newborn care unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital will never know Courtney Hughes, the schoolgirl who has collected hundreds of presents for the sick, young and old, this Christmas.

But their parents, and all the others who benefit from Courtney’s charity, will truly value this special act of kindness.

Courtney is, indeed, a young lady of whom her parents and relatives should rightly be proud.