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Christmas toy appeal for children’s wards

Play Specialist Sarah Montgomery holding colouring packs.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity have launched a new festive toy appeal and with your support this season, hope to spread a little Christmas cheer to the young patients being cared for across our children’s wards including Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children at St Helier and Casey Ward At Epsom.

Spending the festive season in hospital, or visiting for treatment, is not much fun for children and can be difficult for worried parents, guardians and loved ones. And while staff will always do their upmost to keep young patients entertained and relaxed, this year’s Covid-19 restrictions are making that a bit more challenging. 

Yet staff are determined to spread a sprinkle of Christmas cheer and are asking for a helping hand from local people who can afford to spare an additional gift this year. Play Specialists have carefully selected a wish list of toys and craft activities via an Amazon Wish List and are inviting local people to donate to the cause. Some items, like colouring books, pencils, and small toys, will make up individual packs to provide a welcome distraction for a child (and their siblings) waiting for care and treatment in our dedicated paediatric outpatient or A&E departments. Other arts and crafts items can be allocated to young patients staying on the wards, while all plastic toys will be deep-cleaned and sanitised before use by another child.  

For the Amazon Wish List go to: www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/31CH7F4B0Q2KU  Please remember to write a message with your order or contact the Charity Team at team@esthcharity.org.uk or 01372 735 262 to let them know about your donation otherwise you will indeed be a secret Santa! 

Please also contact the Charity Team if you would like to donate but use a different retailer or drop off your donation. 

Staff member Patience + child

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