Appeal To Help Transform Preston Hospital Children’s Ward For Christmas

The Children’s Ward at Royal Preston Hospital needs your help to brighten up the place for the young patients.

The staff has appealed for the public to “bag an extra bauble” when you are buying your Christmas decorations.

They hope the ward can become a winter wonderland in time for Christmas to provide “distraction therapy” for the children.

They believe that decorating the ward to give it a good Christmas feel could make a difference for the children and that to “make it as Christmassy as possible to help their young patients get better”.

Matron Sally McCluskie said, “Distraction therapy can be a great aid to recovery, especially among children.

“We want them to feel excited. We want them to have fun and get that warm, fuzzy feeling that means it’s the festive season”.

She added, “The team have made their Christmas lists of what they hope to decorate the ward with and they include “Snow globes that give off a glow, as well as snowfall projectors and tree ornaments.

“Santa will be paying the children a visit on Christmas day and you can also help him out by donating presents, they have asked especially for “boxed toiletry sets that are suitable for teenagers.”

The Fundraising Co-ordinator for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, Roya Armstrong said, “It would be fantastic if people could help us trim the ward like never before by buying an extra decoration when they are Christmas shopping.

“Our aim is to make Christmas as best as it can be for our patients and their families as it’s tough having to spend Christmas in hospital.”

Donated gifts and decorations can be left at the Baby Beat shop, which is to the left of the main entrance to the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Staffed by volunteers, it is open weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

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