It’s “chocs” away quite literally this spring for Bay Hospitals Charity, which is today launching an Easter appeal aimed at “treating” young patients on the children’s wards at Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Furness General Hospital in Barrow.
Instead of donating chocolate Easter eggs, the charity wants members of the public to give a cash donation to help it buy toys and equipment such as new arts and crafts materials and reading books for the wards.
It also needs funds to buy items such as toys for the hospitals’ play therapists to use to distract and calm children as they go into surgery and for bubble tube lamps, which can be used as relaxation aids during treatment.
In addition, Bay Hospitals Charity wants to fund equipment such as more parent beds to enable more families to stay and comfort their little ones overnight. Paula Richardson, Head of Charity and Fundraising for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), which runs the charity, said: “In the run-up to Easter, our charity offices in Lancaster and Barrow receive quite a lot of gifts of chocolate eggs for the youngsters on our children’s wards.
“As lovely as this gesture is and as much as the eggs are appreciated, we have drawn up a shopping list of items that we would like to buy for the wards this spring. The items on it are designed to help make the hospital experience more comfortable and less stressful for our younger patients and their families.”
Paula added: ”We are very grateful for any amount people are able to donate. Pence quickly becomes pounds if enough people get behind the idea. With £5, we can buy quite a lot of arts and crafts materials. With £220, we could buy a parent bed.”
The Easter appeal has its own online Justgiving Easter campaign page for donations. Donations can be made via the Bay Hospitals Charity’s website at bayhospitalscharity.org/easter
The website also contains further information on the Easter appeal but if anyone has any questions about it, they can contact Bay Hospitals Charity offices on either 01524 516064 or 01229 404473.