Gifts for youngsters in hospital at festive time
THE Christmas spirit is alive and well at Wexham Park Hospital’s children’s ward in the days leading up to the festive celebrations, thanks to people and businesses in Bucks.
The community rallied round in support of youngsters who are spending time in hospital over the Christmas period.
Individuals, businesses and community groups gave a variety of gifts and toys to help make children’s stays on ward 24 more bearable and fun.
Ros Rushworth, clinical matron for paediatrics said: “We really do appreciate the kindness and amazing generosity of our local community. A stay in hospital can be hard at the best of times but for children in particular, it can be especially difficult at this time of year.”
Following their successful toy bank last year, staff from Tesco stores in Gerrards Cross and Amersham brought crates of toys and gifts of all shapes and sizes which had been contributed by customers and staff.
Tesco community champion Jackie Nolan said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed by the support from our staff and customers and delighted that we can once again bring some Christmas cheer to children in our local hospital at this time of year.”
Alex Thorne, general manager of family business The Park, located across the road from the hospital, brought along 10 Build a Bear Workshop teddies, iTunes vouchers and packs of chocolates for young patients as a result of fundraising by staff and family members.
Other donations of presents, games, soft toys, books and stickers were brought in by other businesses.
Ros added: “We are so grateful to everybody who helped to bring some extra special Christmas cheer to children here over Christmas.
“It means so much to them and their families and staff too, so a huge thank you from all of us.”
Community generosity was not just limited to the children’s ward, with the Hedgerley Handbells group entertaining patients and visitors in the hospital’s reception area.
Spreading joy: Staff at Wexham Park Hospital with some of the
presents donated to children