A toy scheme which rewards children’s bravery in hospital is at risk of folding if no more donations come in.
Bosses at Calderdale Royal Hospital have issued an urgent plea for donations and toys so they can continue their reward scheme on the children’s ward.
Children treated on the ward receive gold stars for different procedures such as operations and blood tests - and when they fill up their card they can choose a toy.
Play specialist Danielle Brook said: “If we do not getting any funding for the scheme it will have to be suspended or worse still closed down which would be really sad for everyone involved.
“The bravery scheme really helps children when they come into hospital and have to undergo, what can sometimes be, painful procedures. It gives them a real boost and adds a bit of fun to their stay in hospital.”
Mum Kerry Watson, whose son Reuben, six months, had a brief stay on the children’s ward, said: “The bravery scheme is a great idea. When I heard about it, I told other parents at my daughter’s pre-school. I’m sure a lot of people will donate.”
All toys need to be new and for girls and boys aged between 0 and 16. To donate contact Danielle on 07825554859.
Nearby ward, the Special Care Baby Unit received a £3,000 cash boost this week from a grateful family.
Steve Moore and Melanie Dunworth, whose son Ethan spent six weeks at the unit when he was born premature ast year, raised the cash in a ‘mega thrown’ event at a Marshal Arts Club in Mirfield, where they live.
Steve said: “Any parent whose baby needs intensive care knows what an anxious and exhausting time it is and also how hard the SCBU team work in providing the essential around the clock care.
“Melanie and I both wanted to give something back for the care he received.”