Festive donation brings smiles to children’s wards at Northampton General Hospital

22 December 2017
Red Watch Mereway with play centre coordinator Sue Faulkner

​Firefighters from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) brought festive cheer to young people being treated in hospital with a donation of Christmas goodies.

Red Watch from Mereway fire station visited the play centre at Northampton General Hospital on Friday 22 December to drop off gifts for young patients in the Paddington and Disney wards.

Wearing their best Christmas jumpers, the crew also got stuck in with creative play activities with the children including painting and gaming.

Firefighters played games with young patients at the centre

A festive visit

Watch Manager Rob Green, of Red Watch, said: “After visiting the wards last year we wanted to make it a Christmas tradition to go and see the children and take them some gifts.

“We wanted to make them smile, and hopefully meeting firefighters and us spending time with them and joining in activities in the play centre was something fun and a bit different.”

The donation came about after the station’s crews made a similar visit last year. This year’s gifts included four large cuddly toys, chocolate selection boxes and a hamper.

Rob said: “We’d like to thank Aldi, Smyths Toys in Northampton and Coca-Cola for their generosity.”

A firefighter gets stuck into a computer game at the NGH play centre

Helping make Christmas special

Sue Faulkner, Play Service coordinator at the hospital added: “We try to make Christmas as nice as possible. Some of the children worry that Santa won’t know where to find them but he always makes sure there are presents at the end of each bed on Christmas Day, helped by donations like this.

“We love to get visitors to the play centre and it’s uplifting for the children and parents as well. It’s humbling that people make the time and effort to think of others at this time of year.”

Painting and chatting with young patients and parents at the play centre

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