16th October 2018

Supporting our hospitals

Greg Johnston

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Book Trolley donated to Ward 2a at the RVI

We were thrilled to donate this huge double sided book trolley to the staff on Ward 2a in the Great North Children’s Hospital at the RVI. The trolley is absolutely packed full of brilliant books for all ages, from babies to teenagers, and will make a massive difference to the families who spend time on the ward due to respiratory conditions. Patients can spend weeks, even months, on Ward 2a – so having a resource of so many books (600+!) helps pass many hours, and entertains all the family.

This is the 8th library we have donated (with 2 more in the pipeline as we speak!) and the difference the libraries make is incredible.

Research has proven that reading to poorly children in hospital:

  • Aids recovery of the children when they hear a familiar voice
  • Strengthens family bonds as they read together
  • Encourages all member of the family to be involved during hospital visits
  • Creates a sense of normality in a strange situation/surroundings

We get such great feedback from families and staff which back ups this research, and makes us incredible proud. Along with the name of the school who paid for the books, Evie beautiful little face is pictured on each book – she really is making such a difference to so many families!

This library was donated to Ward 2a thanks to St. Patrick’s Primary in Cleator Moor and St. Mary’s Primary in Harrington with the money they raised taking on the Team Evie Reading Challenge. Thank you so much to all the children, staff, parents and friends of those schools – you have made a huge and lasting impact for the children in the ward and their families.

If you are interested in signing up your school to take on the Reading Challenge you can click here to find out more and fill in the online form.