Source: Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Thomas Cook deliver Easter Eggs to the PCH Amazon Childrens Ward Pictured are Kerri Dixon and Trish Hughes from Thomas Cook, with Carmen Powell, Andrew Powell, Anthony Mathias, and Lola Giddings, with the Play Team's Holly Brown. Photo: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET (METP-05-04-12AS019)
A HEART-MELTING grin from a poorly youngster said it all as businesses delivered a cracking donation to a children’s ward.
Wide-eyed Anthony Mathias (7) dressed up as a Power Ranger in between treatments for sickle-cell anaemia to accept a chocolate mountain on behalf of the Amazon Children’s Ward at Peterborough City Hospital yesterday.
Trolleys choc full of eggs, sweet chicks and bunnies were wheeled onto the ward by staff from generous city businesses Office Angels and Thomas Cook.
As a result, children’s nurses will hop from bed to bed this Easter weekend, distributing eggs to every patient.
They have stashed more away as prizes for a ward-wide Easter egg hunt on Sunday.
Zoe Wilkinson, a play services coordinator for the Amazon Ward, said little Anthony polished off his egg after proudly accepting the gifts, which included Easter mugs for children whose conditions rule out sweet treats.
She said: “The egg drop is brilliant.
“It gives the children a boost and a nice treat, because they are often here for blood tests and examinations and they have to keep still and be really good.
“And for parents, it gives them a little bit of reality.”
Alex James and Dawn Trowsdale from Office Angels, in Church Street, delivered the goods to the ward and had spent weeks collecting more than 150 eggs from dozens of city businesses.
Last week Office Angels also delighted children with multiple or profound learning difficulties at the Phoenix School, in Orton Goldhay, by presenting them with chocolate treats before they broke up for the school holidays.
Office Angels branch manager, Alex James said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of employers in Peterborough who whole-heartedly embraced our idea to put smiles on children’s faces who are either very ill or require special care at Easter.
“The businesses are too many to mention here, but they know who they are.”
Trish Hughes and Kerri Dixon, from Thomas Cook’s headquarters, in Bretton, delivered chocolate and treats to the hospital yesterday.
Trisha said: “Since we launched the appeal, we have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and contributions and it has been a great success.
“We’re really thrilled to bring some Easter cheer to children who perhaps aren’t able to celebrate it as they’d wish to.”
HIPPO-SHAPED treatment tables and stimulating jungle murals help make hospital visits for sick youngsters in the city more bearable. The Amazon Ward at Peterborough City Hospital is a specially-built, 30-bed ward for children up to the age of 16 who are in need of paediatric medical treatment, surgical emergency services, specialist orthopaedic surgery and ear, nose and throat surgery.
A Rainforest Outpatients’ Department is used by visiting specialists including physiotherapists, dieticians and by specialist consultants, while first port of call for children referred to Peterborough City Hospital by their GP or the emergency department is the ward’s Jungle Assessment Unit.
More than 100 bikers delivered Easter gifts to the Amazon Ward last Sunday during their annual Easter Egg Drop and bike ride. At Christmas, Posh stars including George Boyd, Lee Tomlin, Paul Jones and Paul Taylor wore Santa hats to make a special delivery to the ward of £500 worth of presents from ASDA and Debenhams.