What a fantastic pile of pressies - thank you to everyone who visited us this Christmas
It’s feeling a lot like Christmas on the Children’s wards at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, as the local community has, once again, shown the true spirit of the festive period.
Local businesses, sports clubs, community groups and individuals have been fundraising, collecting and donating to make Christmas a little brighter for children who are in hospital at this time of year.
Ashley Zdanowicz, Senior Play Specialist and her team have been incredibly busy welcoming all the visitors bearing gifts and good will. “We are always delighted to see people from our local community who help us make Christmas that little bit more bearable for the children who are with us over the festive period”, she said.
On the first day of Christmas, Rosie’s Rainbow Choir dropped in to entertain the children with a fantastic musical medley of Christmas favourites, and as an extra treat Father Christmas came too with boxes of fabulous pressies to share.
And as December continued so did the festivities with visits from Plumbase, Newbury, Tate Recruitment, Reading, team members from The London Irish Rugby Club and Reading Football Club who all brought sackfulls of presents, toys, games, DVDs and other treats. They all stopped to admire the wonderful snow scene painted on the Children's clinic window kindly created by Tom Baker, Snow Windows UK.
“These are just a few of the visitors we welcomed; there really were so many generous contributions this year and we are extremely grateful to everybody. It means so much to the children and their families, and to us too”, concluded Ashley.
The Trust Board and all the staff at The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust says a BIG thank you to everyone for helping to make this Christmas extra special.