Mum’s in­spired to help Ra­dio Lol­lipop

Toy cam­paign set up to help hos­pi­tal char­ity

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­

A WOMAN whose daugh­ter was treated at Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal as a child has been in­spired to start a toy col­lec­tion cam­paign.

The cam­paign is the brain­child of fu­neral ar­ranger Suzette O’Rourke at Wald­ing & Son fu­neral direc­tors in High Street, Uxbridge, who wanted to support Great Or­mond Street’s hos­pi­tal ra­dio, Ra­dio Lol­lipop.

Her own daugh­ter was very ill as a child and treated at the hos­pi­tal.

As a re­sult, Mrs O’Rourke is pas­sion­ate about rais­ing money for the char­ity.

“I came up with the idea to support Ra­dio Lol­lipop be­cause it has no fund­ing by the NHS and is run by vol­un­teers us­ing char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions,” she said.

“The ra­dio plays song re­quests

Even through se­ri­ous ill­nesses, chil­dren of all ages love to play and it helps them to re­lax, laugh and for­get they are in hos­pi­tal”

but vol­un­teers also go on to the wards and help chil­dren feel bet­ter through play, mainly some­thing sticky, glit­tery or shiny.

“Even through se­ri­ous ill­nesses, chil­dren of all ages love to play and it helps them to re­lax, laugh and for­get they are in hos­pi­tal.

“My daugh­ter is one of the vol­un­teers and was se­ri­ously ill her­self when she was four. Great Or­mond Street saved her, and she wanted to give some­thing back. Now she vol­un­teers there ev­ery week­end.”

The Drop-in Toy Cam­paign asks those shop­ping for a child this Christ­mas to buy one ex­tra toy and do­nate it to Ra­dio Lol­lipop – be it a box of crayons, a tube of bub­bles or a tub of glue.

There are drop-in branches at fu­neral direc­tors across the bor­ough.

“The toys don’t have to cost a for­tune and ev­ery lit­tle helps,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Soft cud­dly toys can­not be ac­cepted, due to risk of in­fec­tion, but any­thing to do with crafts, lights, wipe-clean plas­tic bricks, cars or even pa­per to draw on will help.”

Toys can be do­nated on Mon­day to Fri­day from 9am un­til 5pm un­til De­cem­ber 17 atWald­ing & Son in High Street, Uxbridge; A V Smith & Sons in Royal Lane, Hilling­don; Hilling­don Fu­neral Ser­vice, in White­leys Pa­rade, Uxbridge Road, Hilling­don; Ruis­lip Fu­neral Ser­vice, in New Pond Pa­rade, West End Road, Ruis­lip; and Lodge Brothers, High Street, Yiewsley.

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