Video games do­nated to hos­pi­tal chil­dren’s ward

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

More than 70 video games have been do­nated to Ash­ford’s hos­pi­tal to help sick chil­dren pass the time.

Chris Townsend, from GetWell Gamers, vis­ited the Wil­liam Har­vey’s Pauda Ward last Fri­day to hand over the sec­ond­hand games.

As­sisted by Ash­ford’s MP Damian Green, he pre­sented the ward with games for the Xbox, DS and Wii, plus con­soles and ac­ces­sories.

Mr Townsend, from Len­ham, said: “It was a good morn­ing and we man­aged to do­nate over 70 games.

“The Nintendo DS con­soles will be used for pa­tients who can’t move from their beds, so it’s a big help to the staff to give them some­thing to do.”

Get-Well Gamers is an or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to bring­ing elec­tronic en­ter­tain­ment to chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals for the ben­e­fit of en­ter­tain­ment and pain re­lief.

Mr Townsend, who is the South East area man­ager for the group, added: “Wil­liam Har­vey was my first choice for a Kent hos­pi­tal to make a do­na­tion.

“Re­cently, my nephew was in for a few days to have his ap­pen­dix out. There was an old video player and some tapes in his room, and he was stuck in bed. I wanted to help up­date the en­ter­tain­ment to some more re­cent tech­nol­ogy.

“That’s one of the goals of Get- Well Gamers. Hos­pi­tal play teams do not get much in terms of bud­get so rely on do­na­tions from the public to be able keep chil­dren and young adults en­ter­tained.

“The play spe­cial­ists do a fan­tas­tic job at keep­ing chil­dren happy dur­ing long and dif­fi­cult hos­pi­tal stays, these games and con­soles are tools for them to help make their job eas­ier.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3997463

MP Damian Green with pa­tient Me­gan Shep­pard, 16, Chris Townsend from Get Well Gamers and Padua ward nurs­ing staff

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