Being in hospital when you’re a child can be tough.
You’re away from home, largely confined to bed, without any of your toys around you.
But staff at Kettering General Hospital hope their current fundraising appeal Little Extras can make a difference.
The appeal, backed by the Evening Telegraph, is hoping to raise £80,000 for the “little extras” inside the new paediatric unit – the toys and games that will make a child’s stay in hospital a little more comfortable.
The Little Extras wish list features a range of creature comforts for the new ward, including toys such as a classic Space Invaders game, a giant dolls’ house and a mobile shop, and gadgets such as hair straighteners and ipads.
Children and teenagers will be able to use the toys at their bedside or in the dedicated play room on the ward.
Evening Telegraph readers can lend their support to the Little Extras appeal by taking part in a mass mufti day on Friday, June 1.
People are invited to wear casual clothes or fancy dress to school or work and pay a small donation.
Play team lead Trisha Brigden said: “It would help us to raise lots of money in a really simple way and it would also mean that anyone who visits the hospital or has to be admitted can say they helped to buy the items for the new ward.
Play team lead Trisha Brigden said: “It would help us to raise lots of money in a really simple way and it would also mean that anyone who visits the hospital or has to be admitted can say they helped to buy the items for the new ward.”
A postcard is being sent out to the 200 schools and nurseries in Northamptonshire to encourage as many as possible to sign up to the mass mufti day.
The card is also going out to businesses in the hope employees will choose to support the cause by taking part.
The appeal total currently stands at £30,000. If every school in Northamptonshire was able to raise £200 each, the event would raise £40,000, just £10,000 short of the target. To find out more about the appeal or the mass mufti day, call the hospital’s fundraising officer Christina Kelly on 01536 491569 or play team leader Trisha Brigden on 01536 492294.