RS Components races to help young patients

From left, play assistant Jess Young, patient Ian Darker, 13,  play specialist Caroline Freeman and Tracey Taylor, executive officer with RS Components

From left, play assistant Jess Young, patient Ian Darker, 13, play specialist Caroline Freeman and Tracey Taylor, executive officer with RS Components

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Corby firm RS Components has donated a Scalextric set to Dolphin children’s ward at Kettering General Hospital.

It was used as part of a social media campaign which saw RS challenge engineering bloggers to design a racing track.

The winning track design was used in a race day event which involved participants voting via Twitter for the car, red or blue, that they wanted to win.

The cars moved during the race according to the number of votes they received. The winner was the red car, completing the most laps in the lead up and during the live race day.

Tracey Taylor, a senior executive officer at RS Components, said: “We had great fun and a lot of success with our activity, which helped demonstrate the power of social media to engage people.

“We are therefore only too happy to make this donation to the children’s ward and hope that young patients have some fun during what must be a difficult time for them in hospital.”

Caroline Freeman, a play specialist in Dolphin ward, said: “Play interaction is very important for our young patients. It helps make the whole process of treatment and hospitalisation far less stressful for them. We would like to thank RS for their kind donation. I know we are going to have great fun racing around the ward.”