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Festive visits to Derriford Hospital’s children’s wards

We have had a busy month on our children’s wards with lots of exciting visits and generous donations. Each and every donation has helped to bring happiness to children who are in hospital over the Christmas period.

“We want to thank everyone that was kind enough to make various donations to the Children’s wards and other Paediatric areas”, said Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers.  “The gifts have brought a lot of smiles to our patients and their families and helped to make what could be a stressful time a lot more fun.”

“Any gifts that we have left will be used throughout the year to enable us to give birthday presents and rewards or comfort to those who are receiving treatment.”

alt Music Makers

The Music Makers made their third consecutive visit this year. The children’s entertainment group brought some special guests with them, including Princess Ana and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, Spiderman and Batman. The children they visited were very excited to receive Christmas gifts from some of their favourite characters.


Staff at Capita Plc Money Centre delivered a fantastic selection of toys and gifts to the children’s wards. Donations from staff and friends of Capita will continue into the New Year to help purchase new items for the Activity Centre on Woodcock Ward.

Craig Wassall from Capita said: “We all wanted to provide a little Christmas spirit to the children’s wards and thought this would benefit those children who have to be in hospital over the Christmas period.

“We have also already raised £400 to help provide resources for the children’s wards and hope to have raised nearly £1,000 by Easter.”

Station 47 Plympton Fire Brigade

  alt On Call crew from Station 47, Plympton, came to visit the children’s wards on Christmas Eve. Donations from from their local community helped them to bring some festive cheer to children in hospital and staff who were working.

The Wadey family

The Wadey family kindly donated a parcel of gifts along with a handwritten card, which read:

“To all the Hardworking Staff and the Children at Derriford Hospital

We send this little parcel as a token of our thanks for all that you do.  Our hearts break for all of those who have to spend time in hospital, but we are so grateful to all of you who are looking out for their health and happiness!  We pray that this little gift will help you to bring more smiles to the children in your care!

May god bless you all,

With love

The Wadey Family”

Donation from Lloyds Pharmacy, Devonport and their customers.

Lloyd’s Pharmacy regularly supports the children’s wards at special times of the year and this year they did us proud again. 

Along with their staff and customers, Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Devonport, provided gifts for a range of ages.

Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers, said: “We can’t thank the Staff and Customers of Lloyd’s Pharmacy enough for the fantastic amount of toys and gifts that we can provide for the patients who are in hospital over the Christmas and New Year.  Thank you.”

Theatre Royal Pantomime cast

The cast of Theatre Royal Pantomime, Dick Whittington came to visit on Christmas Eve. The cast visited in costume and brought lots of smiles to the children’s wards.

Nicki and Ella Watts and Mandy Lister

Nicki and Ella Watts visited our children’s wards with two large bags of new toys and activities for the children that are in hospital over the Christmas Period.

Along with their friend, Mandy, Nicki and Ella received donations from their family, friends and school friends who wanted to bring a little smile to the children that have to spend Christmas in hospital. 

We want to thank everyone that helped to support their effort and to thank Nicki, Ella and Mandy.

Fantastic Donation from Mecca Bingo and their Customers

Mecca Bingo and their customers donated a wonderful selection of toys and gifts. These will help to bring big smiles to the patients that are on the wards over the Christmas Period.

Visit from Rosie Ugalde

alt Rosie Ugalde brought music to our children’s wards this Christmas. Rosie sang lots of classic Christmas songs and carols, inviting the children to listen and join in with their favourites.

Morrisons Plymstock

Morissons Plymstock delivered a fantastic selection of gifts and toys, which were purchased using donations from staff and customers.

Plymouth biker group

alt A Plymouth biker group made their annual visit to hand deliver some festive selection boxes to the children’s wards.

The group included Stuart Morissey AKA Mad Rider, Ron Quin, Dan and Bradley Pearson, Steven Beavers, Craig, and Jonathan Stoneman.


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