The artistic talent of a four-year-old girl has boosted the Save Our Play appeal by £700.

Little Alicia Jerger, of Carleton-in-Craven near Skipton, designed a Christmas card which was used by Gargrave firm Johnson & Johnson Wound Management to send out to clients.

The idea scooped £1,400 for charity, £700 of which will go towards Bradford's toy library.

More than 1,000 special-needs and disabled youngsters use the library, based at St Luke's Hospital, to access specialist toys and equipment.

It was threatened closure in March unless £12,000 could be raised to help towards running costs and the replacement of specialist equipment.

In just one month the Telegraph & Argus Save Our Play appeal has smashed through the original target and will now carry on to raise cash to secure the long-term future of this vital resource.

Lisa Kelly, PA to the European Supply Chain at Johnson & Johnson, said: "We run a competition every year where children send in pictures and we use the winning one as our Christmas card.

"We had 40 entries but it was Alicia's picture of Santa Claus which won and 1,400 cards were printed to send out to clients.

"We charged each department 80p per card. It was a fun way of raising money for this important cause and because it is all about children it fitted in well with our drawing competition."

Alicia's mum Amanda Jerger, who works at Johnson & Johnson, said: "Alicia loves art but this is the first time she has ever won anything so she is thrilled.

"The toy library is an excellent cause to benefit from the money."