Gifts for young­sters in hos­pi­tal at fes­tive time

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Jack­_84_A­bell

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

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