A BLACK Country couple who spent Christmas in hospital with their premature baby hope to spread festive cheer to families in the same situation.

Jennie and Wayne Little's daughter Daisy-Mae was born 103 days early, weighing less than a bag of sugar.

They were told she may not survive but thanks to the care of staff at Russells Hall and New Cross hospitals, the plucky tot pulled through and celebrated her fourth birthday this week.

More than 22,000 people followed Daisy's journey, which was documented by Wayne through a Facebook page - and those wellwishers are now helping to make the couple's annual Christmas appeal a roaring success.

The couple, who live in Kingswinford, are putting together baby bags for the intensive care room at New Cross Hospital.

They are looking for donations of olive oil, cotton wool balls, clothing suitable for babies weighing up to 5lbs, micro nappies, lip balms, notebooks and pens, water bottles, neutral baby blankets and small teddy bears to fill them with.

Chocolate selection boxes for young siblings are also being collected, along with goodies to stuff into hampers for parents, doctors and nurses.

Items needed for the hampers include tea, coffee, hot chocolate, mince pies, chocolate, biscuits and sweets.

Jennie, who is also mum to Ava-Rose and Zach, wished to thank everyone who had donated so far, adding: "It's going really well so far. We probably have about £500 worth of items. Most of the donations have been for the baby bags so far so we need a bit more help with the hampers."

People can drop items off at Salon 51 in Stourbridge Road, Halesowen, Kingswinford Medical Practice in Standhills Road or message Jennifer and Wayne via www.facebook.com/little.daisy.mae to arrange a pick up.

The deadline for donations is Wednesday, December 13.