Two men have donated 65 toys to the children’s ward at Northampton General Hospital after they raised £500 throughout the year.
Adam Franklin, aged 25, and his brother Luke, aged 23, of Far Cotton, decided to give patients on Disney ward some Christmas cheer by donating a range of new items, including a CD player and speakers.
The pair chose to help the children’s ward as Luke spent a lot of time in the hospital when he was a child to be treated for a rare hip disorder caused by a disruption of blood flow to the ball of the upper thigh bone.
To raise the money Adam completed a half-marathon and Luke grow a moustache during Movember.
Adam Franklin said: “The staff and care at The Disney Ward was incredible so we wanted to do a bit for the place.
“Due to his disability, Luke couldn’t do the run but he grew a ridiculous moustache and raised awareness of my run.
“I ran half a marathon in a rubbishy amount of time but overall we raised over £500 for ward.
“Our main supporters were our wonderful colleagues at UK Computer Supplies. They donated about 90 per cent of our money. We still have some more to collect and this will be given to the ward for medical purposes in the new year and should take our total over £600.”
The Franklin brothers plan to raise even more money for the children’s ward to donate more toys next year.
Meanwhile, Weston Favell Shopping Centre has donated a pile of presents to the Disney ward as part of its 40 Good Deeds initiative.
The centre has been looking for good deeds it can do in the community and the idea of giving the gifts to children in hospital was one of the suggestions they received.
Kevin Legg and Karen Warren of Weston Favell Shopping Centre visited the children’s Disney Ward, part of the Northampton General Hospital, on Wednesday to donate a whole sack full of toys and presents for the young patients.
The gifts included board games, soft toys, an Amazon tablet and a chocolate maker.
Kevin Legg, centre manager at Weston Favell, said: “A toy donation is something that we have been wanting to do for a while. It’s a special time of the year and for various reasons there are many who will not be able to be in their homes at Christmas, we really wanted to do something for them. Hopefully our donation can help to bring a smile to the face of the kids that will be staying in the Disney Ward throughout this festive period.”
Sue Faulkner is the Play Service Coordinator at the Hospital, she said; “We are grateful for the donation of gifts for the children on the wards over the Christmas period. The gifts will help brighten their day and put smiles on their faces at a time when they would prefer to be at home with their families.”