Eggs-citing deliveries for children's ward at Harrogate Hospital

Staff from Techbuyer with Charlie Hodgson, Care Assistant (far left) with little Max (patient). Picture: David Fisher HDFT
Staff from Techbuyer with Charlie Hodgson, Care Assistant (far left) with little Max (patient). Picture: David Fisher HDFT

Children on Woodlands ward at Harrogate District Hospital have had some eggs-citing deliveries in the run up to Easter.

School children and several local businesses have played Easter Bunny this week, delivering chocolate eggs for the patients on the hospital children's ward.

Deborah Buckton (care support worker) and Olivia receive some of the eggs delivered.

Deborah Buckton (care support worker) and Olivia receive some of the eggs delivered.

Today (April 13), staff from Techbuyer, based at Hornbeam Park, delivered dozens of chocolate bunny eggs and surprised ward-staff with a cheque for £500.

Helen Martinson, Nurse on Woodlands ward, said: "It means a lot because obviously Easter it's similar to Christmas as well, its family time and being in here they're not always with all their family like they want to be so just the little joys of extra chocolate and extra eggs just soothes the blow that they're in here and not at home.

"We've had loads of donations, people have been incredibly generous. We've had local businesses as well as the local shops across the road and it's great. It's really nice for staff and its nice to have the appreciation and know that people remember us, we are just the one children's ward for the district so it's really special to know that people think of us and the kids."

Earlier this week, Woodlands ward received visits from pupils at Belmont Grosvenor primary school, as well as staff from Asda, the One Stop, and Esteem Systems, who all had chocolate treats in tow!

Chris Pooley, Group Sales Manager at Techbuyer, said: "Its not often people do this and I think it's just a nice random act of kindness. Last year we donated to the Special Care Baby Unit some vital signs monitors which went down a treat so its a little nice thing to do around this time of year. Put some smiles on some kids faces and everyone likes chocolate!"

David Fisher, HDFT Community and Events Fundraising, said: "It's fabulous that the local community and the local companies get involved.

"At Christmas we get lots of toys and things for the children that are on the ward but there's never a nice time for them to be on the ward, they obviously want to be at home with their family so to get the local community involved and wanting to support them by remembering that they are here is really great."