Corby schoolboy's Paw Patrol chat with Prince William brings toys boost for children's ward

Prince William video called the family home for a surprise natter

By Alison Bagley
Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 4:18 pm

A five-year-old Corby schoolboy's video chat with Prince William has helped other children being treated at Kettering General Hospital.

Kaydyn Mcveigh, who was born with cystic fibrosis, and his mum Leanne received the royal call at their home in Corby where they had been shielding.During the call Kaydyn chatted to the future king showing off his 'Chase' - a toy from his favourite TV series, Paw Patrol.

Prince William revealed that Prince George used to ‘watch Paw Patrol a lot’ during the call that featured on BBC TV's The One Show in June.

Mum Leanne said: "After the show aired Spin Master [the UK supplier] sent a Paw Patrol Tower, all the characters, and made Kaydyn an honorary Paw Patrol member.

"They asked us if there was a local charity that they could support and we said Skylark Ward at Kettering General. They sent a pallet load for all ages.

"We're just so grateful to the team at KGH. They've kept Kaydyn alive for nearly six years."

Kettering General Hospital’s matron for paediatrics, Donna Mason, said: “Kaydyn is just amazing. We are very grateful for the Paw Patrol toys which came to us by such a remarkable route with input from the Prime Minister, Prince William, and Paw Patrol toys.

Staff from KGH’s Skylark Ward with some of the Paw Patrol toys donated to the ward – l-r Michelle Sopher-Burford, Lisa Roberts, Nic James, Caroline Freeman and Claire Smith.

“The toys are incredibly popular for our younger patients and really help brighten up their day.

"Kaydyn’s enthusiasm for them has certainly led to a lot of joy for our patients.”

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