Thanks to donors who provided Little Extras

A thank you party for people who donated money to the appeal to raise money to add 'little extras' to the Children and Adolescent Ward at the hospital
A thank you party for people who donated money to the appeal to raise money to add 'little extras' to the Children and Adolescent Ward at the hospital

More than 100 people who helped fill the new Foundation Wing at Kettering General Hospital with toys, beds and other items were thanked at a special open event.

The Little Extras appeal was launched by the hospital to help buy items for the new Skylark children’s ward.

As a result, hundreds of people and organisations made donations, helping to raise about £80,000 for the new items.

They were invited along to the hospital last week for a thank-you event and tour of the new facilities in the Foundation Wing.

Speaking at the event Steve Hone, chairman of the Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust, said: “I can only say thank you to the generous donors for helping to bring these enhancements to the children who will have to go into the ward.

“A total of 129 individual items have been bought with the money raised, including televisions, a PlayStation, X-box, a jukebox and even a Space Invaders arcade game.

“All of these are designed to keep the children entertained during their stay in hospital and I think that will be well worthwhile.”

Mr Hone said there was a very long list of donors, including the Andi Bull Cancer Trust, the Kettering General Hospital League of Friends and Leslie Jeffrey Spider-Man.

Lots of events were organised in the area to help raise money for the Little Extras appeal, including a mass mufti day last June.

The event was backed by a number of companies, including the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

Wish list

A consultation with parents and children helped nurses and play co-ordinators put together their list for the Little Extras appeal.

Play co-ordinator Trish Brigden said the completed list contained toys, games and educational tools as well as a number of creature comforts.

Although there is a sensory play room in the new Skylark ward, this was not bought as part of the Little Extras appeal, but rather as a result of an earlier appeal launched several years ago.

Mrs Brigden said: “We have a few play spaces in the new Skylark ward so the appeal has helped buy lots of new toys, plus we are bringing most of the toys from the former children’s ward.

“We were also able to buy CDs to fill our new jukebox.”