A Northampton paedeatrician who uses plays, films and story books to put children at ease has won a national award.
Dr Andrew Williams from Northampton General Hospital won the WellChild Award for Best Doctor, which will be presented by Prince Harry, for his “exceptional contribution” to helping sick children.
Among the things that made him stand out was his passion to give children exciting life experiences that might not otherwise be available.
One such opportunity was the film he put together called ‘The First Day’, exploring the first hospital care for children in Northampton which patients and their families took part in.
Cassandra Munnelly’s, whose daughter, Reagan acted in the film, said: “Dr Williams provides exceptional care for us and he is greatly appreciated by all the families at his clinics.
“He makes us all feel comfortable and secure and is always on hand to help.
“He truly deserves a WellChild Award for this and for and his extraordinary efforts at fundraising and giving children opportunities that might not otherwise come their way.”
Dr Williams is also working with the mother of another patient, Rosie Scudamore, on an illustrated children’s book and stage play - called ‘Fowl Language – The Adventures of Rosie and her Three-Legged Chicken Friend’.
He hopes it will help Rosie and other children who have to undergo lengthy hospital care fell better about their treatment.
Linda Partridge of WellChild said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country.
“All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people.
“Dr Williams truly deserves to be the winner of this award.”