Poorly children got an early Easter surprise after two NRS Healthcare community services centres donated more than 130 chocolate eggs.

The Buckinghamshire team at NRS collected 62 Easter Eggs which were handed over to the Children’s Ward, at Stoke Mandeville Hospital earlier this week. The ward cares for children with a range of conditions and injuries providing inpatient services for children who need unplanned surgery, as well as outpatient appointments and day surgery.

Liz Plummer, a Clinical Support Advisor, who came up with the idea, and Community Engagement Lead Aicha Abdoulaye, said they were delighted to be able to make the donation. She said:

“The donations we had for the Children’s Ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was mind blowing. All our staff have been fantastic and pulled together to make this happen for the little ones. It was a great pleasure to be able to pay forward for the community and our colleagues should be proud of what we achieved. I’d like to thank Aicha also for helping to make this happen.”

Aicha said:

“The hospital staff were very grateful and Hayley, a senior play specialist on the children’s ward, thanked us for thinking of the children there.”

In Kent, NRS colleagues came together and collected more than 70 Easter Eggs. Community Engagement Lead Hayleigh donated half to the Hedgehog Ward, a children’s ward, at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and the rest to The Caldecott Foundation in Ashford.

The foundation provides children and young people who have not had the best start in life, therapeutic residential care, foster families and education.

Hayleigh said:

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the fantastic staff in our Kent service centre. I did not expect quite so many donations as I sprung this on them very last minute. But what an absolutely fantastic turn around! Thank you to each and every one of you, you’re awesome!”