Rushden children’s shop makes hospital toy donation

Lynda Diver from the hospital's Play Team, Matt and Wendy Cooper of Babies Galore in Rushden, and one-year-old Olivia Tuzzeo with her mum Felicity Tuzzeo, from Wellingborough

Lynda Diver from the hospital's Play Team, Matt and Wendy Cooper of Babies Galore in Rushden, and one-year-old Olivia Tuzzeo with her mum Felicity Tuzzeo, from Wellingborough

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A generous Rushden shop established earlier this year donated hundreds of pounds worth of toys to youngsters in Kettering Hospital’s Skylark children’s ward in time for Christmas.

Wendy Cooper and her son Matthew, of Babies Galore in Church Street, also raised more than £200 for the Special Care Baby Unit at the hospital by hosting a Santa’s grotto in their shop which was built by Matthew Cooper and Matthew Morris.

Babies Galore sells prams, toys, clothes and all manner of items for babies and opened in April 2014.

Wendy said: “We really wanted to do something for the hospital as this was our first year in operation.

“The feedback we got on the grotto was amazing. People were so impressed with what we did.

“We also ran a raffle and we got some really great prizes donated to us and we’d like to thank everyone who donated a prize and who helped us raise the money.”

The haul of toys donated to the hospital included teddy bears and Tamagotchi digital pets.

Wendy said she is optimistic that the grotto will be repeated again next year.

A further donation was made by Babies Galore to Northampton General Hospital.

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