Generous donation from Harlow Council’s chair’s charity is boost for parents of children in PAH

Charity / Thu 27th Jun 2019 at 08:07am

Generous donation from Chair’s Charity is boost for parents of children in hospital

THE children’s ward at The Princess Alexandra Hospital is benefiting from a generous donation from the Harlow Council Chair’s Charity, which will make it easier for parents to stay with their sick child during their time on the ward.

Dolphin Ward was one of the charities supported by former Chair of Harlow Council, Councillor Maggie Hulcoop, who recently presented a cheque for £3,875 to the staff of the ward. On hand to receive the donation was ward manager Helen Weaving, together with ward staff and patients.

Parents who have children on the ward and want to be with them will be able to stay in more comfort, as the funds raised are being used to purchase special chairs, which convert to beds. The new acquisitions mean that a parent can be at their child’s bedside during the day and overnight.

Among events that contributed to the money raised were Harlow Carnival, the Council’s annual fundraising golf day which saw twelve teams compete for a trophy, a fireworks night, Celebrate Harlow Talent Show and the Chair’s Civic Dinner held at Harlow Rugby Club.

One mum, Donna Miller, said: “I found the bed very comfortable and it was very reassuring for my six-year-old son Donte to be able to have me stay with him during his stay on the Dolphin Ward.”
Helen Weaving said: “We are really grateful for this wonderful donation from Councillor Hulcoop who was so supportive of our ward during her year in office. We treat children from newborn to age 16, and this makes all the difference to parents at an anxious time. Thank you to everyone who brought this about. “

Councillor Hulcoop praised the generosity of people who supported her charity. She said: “It has been an absolute pleasure supporting the Dolphin Ward this past year. The staff and supporters have been very supportive of my events.

“I was delighted to hand the cheque over to the ward in order for them to purchase parent beds. It is important for the sick children that they have the support of their parents and hopefully this will enable the parent to get some sleep.

“I would just like to add that I admire all the staff on the ward for all their dedication and professionalism.”

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