27th June 2018

Supporting our hospitals

Greg Johnston

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5 busy boxes delivered to the Great North Children’s Hospital

Each year before the school summer holidays begin we like to provide the wards we support with ‘Busy Boxes’…

These boxes are filled with activities such as colouring books, puzzle books, sticker books and much, much more! The original idea of the box was for the siblings of the patients in intensive care – who visit their brother or sister every day for hours and, understandably, can get bored. The activities in the boxes keep them occupied and busy throughout the visit so the parents can focus on the care of their poorly child.

We then extended the reach of the project to all the wards we support last year – lots of the patients on other wards themselves get bored! Imagine spending day after day stuck in hospital poorly, or with an injury, looking out of the window at the glorious summer weather… the activities in the boxes can’t make the children better, or get them outside, but they can entertain them and take their mind off the situation for a little while, and that can only be a good thing!

We donated the first batch of this years boxes with our patron Katy Daley-Mclean to PICU, Ward 2a, Ward 8a, Ward 9 and Ward 10 at the RVI on a recent visit and the staff were thrilled with them!