Nurses appeal for help to bring festive cheer to children’s ward

The Deep's Pebbles the Penguin.
A very special visit from The Deep’s Pebbles the Penguin who was able to meet some of the children being looked after to help kick start the campaign.

Can you help make a difference to sick children this Christmas?

Nursing staff looking after sick babies, children and young people this winter are appealing for help to bring festive cheer to their wards this year.  

Every Christmas, members of the public inundate Hull Hospitals with requests to bring toys and selection boxes onto the wards.

Last year, WISHH, the independent charity that supports Hull Hospitals, launched a Christmas campaign alongside nursing staff to raise funds to brighten Ward 130 in Hull Royal Infirmary which cares for the areas sickest children.  Staff in the department asked people to support their fundraising appeal by donating £5 for Deep-themed stickers.  As a result of public generosity, funds were raised to create a bold, bright, beautiful, magical, underwater kingdom for children who have come into the hospital ward.  

The charity would love to build upon the success of this campaign this Christmas, by inspiring the local community and members of the public to help brighten further cubicles and the High Dependency Ward on the top floor of the Tower Block at Hull Royal Infirmary, where some of Hull and East Yorkshire’s sickest children are cared for. 

The Deep's Pebbles the Penguin and nursing staff.
The Deep’s Pebbles the Penguin and nursing staff.

Junior Sister Helen Lyon said: “We would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported our appeal last Christmas.  The transformation of Coral Ward 130 is incredible and has really made a difference in lifting the spirits of the children we care for to be in a beautiful and cheery ward environment.

“With your help we would love to get more of these beautiful decorations to the rest of the floor, we still have cubicles needing brightening along with our High Dependency Ward.  It would be fantastic if people could help our redecoration.  

“A £5 donation could help buy a wall sticker, which will benefit not just the children we look after during the festive season, but the ones who will come to us throughout 2020 and beyond.

“People are so generous every year and bring toys and selection boxes onto the wards for the children. We do our best to get most of our children home to spend Christmas with their families. 

“If people would like to help us this year, we thought they could help us pay for the additional wall stickers to brighten the whole top floor. 

“It’s a lasting gift from the people of the city to let our sickest children know they are always in our thoughts.” 

Anyone who would like to help us can send cheques, made out to the ‘WISHH Charity’ and send them to Helen Lyon, Junior Sister, Ward 130, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 1JZ. They can also make a donation to the WISHH Charity through www.justgiving.com/wishh, marking your donation WALLSTICKERS2020.

[Lisa Whitton – WISHH]