Date of release: July 26th 2018
A young patient receiving treatment at New Cross Hospital has raised more than £2,000 to buy new toys for the Children’s Outpatients department.
After spending time on the ward herself, Rachelle Tully, 13, decided that she wanted to purchase some new toys for future patients to play with.
In order to buy the toys, she organised a fundraising evening with the help of her family.
Preparation involved Rachelle and her best friend baking cupcakes to sell at a cake stand, as well as friends and family donating items to be auctioned off.
Donations included a mountain bike, a television and food hampers.
There was a great turn out to the event which was held at the Wednesfield Conservative club earlier this year.
“Everyone had a great time” said Rachelle. “We didn’t get home until 2am, and we raised a brilliant amount of money.”
A total of £2,572 was raised, which enabled Rachelle to set about buying the toys for ward A22.
With the support of the play specialists on ward A22, she did research about what toys would be best for children of different ages, and where to buy them from.
Among the different toys Rachelle bought were playsets, scooters, DVDs and a Wendy house.
She also chose ear defenders designed for children who do not like loud noises.
Rachelle added: “I wanted to buy the toys for the ward as I wanted other children to have a nice experience while in hospital.”
Leanne Bood, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “Thank you to Rachelle, her family and friends and the local community who supported Rachelle in her fundraising. We really appreciate this wonderful donation of toys; it will make such a difference to our young patients”.
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