Bringing a smile to children in hospital
Gift donation is the ‘right thing to do’ for local business
Spending Christmas in hospital is hard for any child, yet for young patients at one Bradford hospital, there are now at least some new gadgets to enjoy this festive season.
On Thursday 15th December, a team of generous gift givers pulled up outside the Bradford Royal Infirmary armed with gifts and treats for kids on Ward 17.
Donated from the Bradford-based Auto Prestige team, a number of Nintendo DS consoles and portable DVD players were handed over to the ward, alongside a host of toys, books and selection boxes.
Auto Prestige owner, Arshad Mahmood, was joined by four other representatives from the business on the day for the handover and described the work as ‘the right thing to do’.
“We don’t do this kind of work for anything other than to give back to the community...” he said.
“This year, we asked the ward exactly what the children would want and that is why we have brought down the DVD players and Nintendos.
“Hopefully it will help give the kids something to smile about and they can enjoy themselves whilst in hospital.”
As well as the thoughtful presents, the Auto Prestige team also made a monetary donation to the Phab charity which supports children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of their lives.
Cath Piggott, Hospital Play Specialist at the BRI, thanked the team for their support.
“It’s absolutely wonderful to see these donations come in today,” she said. “The toys and DVD players will be used in the playroom and at the bedside meaning children will be able to play and be entertained whilst in bed.
“We really do appreciate the generosity of groups like this, especially at this time of year.”
It is not the first time Auto Prestige have donated gifts during the holiday seasons. Rrevious efforts have included handing over a bounty-load of chocolate treats to the Salvation Army during Easter this year.