Poorly children will benefit from a generous cash boost to the Children’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at Dewsbury & District Hospital, thanks to money donated by the Freemason’s of Yorkshire, West Riding.
Stephen Readhead, a member from a local Lodge in Batley, recently presented a cheque to the Children’s A&E department for £500 to celebrate donating over 100,000 teddy bears to children throughout the District. The teddies are given out by the A&E staff at Dewsbury Hospital and the other 16 hospitals included in the scheme to poorly children as a distraction or as a comfort. The teddies are often given plasters and stitches in places to match the patients.
The Freemasons raised the funds through generous donations from its members.
Stephen Readhead, from the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “I was delighted to present this cheque to the Children’s A&E department at Dewsbury Hospital on behalf of the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding. I know the funds will be used to support their excellent work in caring for very sick and poorly children across the district and used to buy new toys to replace toys recently stolen from the Children’s A&E waiting area.”
Kasey Noble, Children’s Nurse, at the Children’s A&E department said: “We would like to thank the Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding for their very generous donation to our Children’s A&E department. We are delighted we will be able to replace the toys recently stolen from the department.”
The Children’s A&E team at Dewsbury & District Hospital relies on the kindness of the community to supply toys and other items to make their patient’s stay a more pleasant one.
If you would like to donate items and make a child’s visit to A&E more comfortable, please visit Dewsbury and District Hospital and ask for the sister in charge.
Photo: (L-R) Kasey Noble (Children’s Nurse, at Children’s Accident and Emergency, Dewsbury and District Hospital), Stephen Readhead (Freemasons of Yorkshire West Riding), and Dani Graney, (Children’s Accident and Emergency, Dewsbury and District Hospital).