KIDS at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Children were treated to a festive surprise as this year's Christmas light launch was switched on by John Lewis advert star and Glasgow schoolgirl, Ruby Dailly.

The 10-year-old actress, from Neilston, performed the switch on in the kids hospital with the help of former Glasgow hospital patients - James Proudfoot, 12, Olive Marshall-Reilly, 6, and Clara Healy, 2.

The kids were also assisted by Santa, who made his annual visit to the lights switch on at the hospital.

Ruby stars in this year's John Lewis and Waitrose Christmas advert with the animated character 'Excitable Edgar', which has been viewed nearly 10million times on the company's YouTube channel.

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At the launch, Ruby said: “It’s been so much fun to switch the Christmas lights on at the Royal Hospital for Children along with James, Olive and Clara.

"I’m lucky enough to have never needed lots of hospital treatment, but we have family friends who have been looked after at the hospital when it was Yorkhill.

"I feel very lucky to be part of today’s special event and to help to officially start Christmas at the hospital.”

Shona Cardle, Chief Executive of Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Ruby to the hospital today. We cannot thank her and her family enough for taking the time to join us for our Christmas lights switch on.

"We would also like to thank John Lewis and Waitrose, who very generously donated gifts to make today’s event even more special.

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“So many of our young patients and families will spend the Christmas period in hospital, so creating a festive atmosphere is so important.

"Other children have the chance to put up their decorations at home and at school – so giving some of our young patients the chance to enjoy festivities like this within the hospital is very special.”