Children from Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington joined forces with staff from North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust to help spread the ‘Love from Lapland’ to patients spending Christmas Day in Hospital.
Children, aged 11-14, took part in 12 hours of sport in partnership with local charity, the Malcolm Whales Foundation to raise funds for various local charities. They raised an impressive £2,000, £500 of which was donated to the Trust’s Christmas appeal, Love from Lapland.
Eight of the children also joined staff at an elf wrapping workshop to help prepare the gifts ready to hand out on Christmas Day.
Jo Bennis, Chief Nurse, said: “We are very grateful to both the Malcolm Whales Foundation and the pupils from Ken Stimpson Community School for their generous donations. Their support will help us ensure that every patient – from newborns and their mums to the elderly – will still get a visit from Santa and receive a special gift to unwrap on Christmas Day.
“We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the children as they helped us wrap.
Damien Whales, Deputy Head Teacher at Ken Stimpson Community School and Founder of the Malcolm Whales Foundation said: “Each year, the school holds a special event in partnership with the Whales Foundation, where students spend 12 hours participating in a variety of sporting activities, including trampolining, basketball and much more.
“We also wanted the children to get involved with wrapping the presents to show them how the money raised is benefiting those who are unfortunately spending the festive period in hospital.”
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