Charity Campaigns - Cash boost for the Little Extras

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Kettering General Hospital’s Little Extras appeal has received a massive boost thanks to a donation of more than £20,000.

The appeal is aiming to raise £80,000 to buy toys, games and other items for the new children’s ward, which is due to open this summer.

The hospital’s League of Friends has pledged to buy eight parent beds for the new ward, worth a total of £22,136.

These beds will give parents a comfortable place to sleep by their child’s bedside and will replace the old fold-out beds in the current ward.

Derek Bryant, secretary of the League of Friends, said: “We had a donation a little while ago which we had not used for anything specific.

“One of the members had seen the story in the Evening Telelgraph about the appeal and we all thought it was a great idea to spend this money on the children’s ward.”

Katrina Allen, manager of the Dolphin children’s ward, said: “It makes a massive difference to us to be able to do this because it is the one thing that parents talk about a lot – being able to get a good night’s rest while their child is on the ward.

“We have one of the new beds already set up in the sample room on the new ward and it looks much more inviting for parents.”

The new parent beds and the toys and games funded by the Little Extras appeal will go into the new 32-bed paediatric ward.

Toys are important on the ward because they help to make the young patients feel more at ease.

The new ward will feature medical and surgical wards, 18 large single rooms, a recreation room for teenage patients and a dedicated sensory room for patients with special needs.

It will be on the top floor of a new £30m wing which will also house a new adult intensive care unit.

You can now donate to the Little Extras appeal by text. Simply text EXTR11 and the amount you want to donate, for example EXTR11 £5, to 70070.