Croydon University Hospital’s ‘Dolphin’ children’s ward is the proud recipient of miniature motorised car and six new TV/DVD players, thanks to the generosity of local Croydon Freemasons.
Local lad Teddy (pictured), age 4, was the first person to unpack the car and give it a thorough test drive. His smile speaks for itself!
For the children admitted to our paediatric wards, this electric car is much more than just a toy. It will be driven by children when they leave the ward for surgery, giving them the opportunity to wheel themselves into theatre and providing a few fun moments before their medical procedures.
Tracey Thomson, a staff nurse at Dolphin ward, said:
“These will make a huge difference for hundreds of our young patients. Entering an operating theatre at the wheel of a sporty car is fun - completely transforming what could have been a stressful experience. And children really appreciate the home comforts of having a television on the ward, especially during long stays. We’re very grateful for this generous donation – it’s absolutely brilliant.”
The funds to buy the equipment came about as a result of coordination between two Masonic boards, Croydon and District Masonic Halls (CDMH) and the Surrey Masonic Sports Association (SMSA). Those representing CDMH were David Candeland and Gary Billington MD and Chairman of CDMH, David Eager and Mike Kindler Deputy Chairman and Secretary represented the SMSA.
David Eager said:
“This makes a difference to their happiness and that’s what it’s all about. To take their mind off what’s happening.”
Gary Billington said:
“It was great to see how our donations will be used. I’d love to do things like this all day long. I’ve lived in Croydon since I was two and was a patient at this Hospital, so I’ve been keen to give something back.”