Biggest ever Christmas donation for children’s ward
Airedale Hospital’s children’s ward has received an early Christmas present in the shape of an incredibly generous donation for older children who have to stay on the ward.
Nottingham-based ALB Investments Limited are currently refurbishing the Delph and Leyland tower blocks in Keighley, and wanted to make a Christmas donation to the children’s ward. Staff on the ward are developing an area specifically for older children and have drawn up a wish list of equipment.
“I explained to ALB that we are making this special area for older children, so they have a space to be in that’s aimed more at their age group” explains Children’s Matron Jo Newman. “We had already drawn up a wish list for potential donors which includes items such as DVD players, X-box games, beanbags, and TVs which I sent to ALB. I thought they would buy us a couple of items so was absolutely bowled over when they said they would buy us everything on the list!
“This has been our biggest Christmas donation ever; I am humbled by their generosity. Seeing that massive heap of presents was just unbelievable – especially as they’d wrapped them all! It will make a huge difference to the experience of older children when they stay on the ward. Being in hospital is an anxious time, especially for young people, and having distractions like games can really help to take their mind off things.”
ALB Investments Managing Director Arran Bailey is trustee for The Harley Jae Trust, a children’s charity based in Nottinghamshire. Arran said: “We are delighted to be involved with this great cause and hope to bring some festive cheer to the ward.
“With the Keighley refurbishment project going so well, we decided to look into several different charities and youth clubs that we could support in the area as a way of giving something back to the community. We hope that the donations will bring children and families staying at Airedale Hospital a lot of joy this Christmas and we are looking forward to helping with future charity projects in the area.”
Arran Bailey, Nicole Jackson and Craig Hawes from ALB Investments presented the gifts to the Children’s Ward on 19 December. 10-year old patient Danyal Mahmood was amazed at the pile of gifts: “I can’t believe there are so many presents. They will make staying in hospital awesome!”