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Generous members of the community pay a special Christmas visit to Derriford Hospital's children's wards

We have had some wonderfully generous visitors to our children’s wards and Plym Children's Theatres so far this month. From the 29 Commando Regiment to Elf on a Shelf, the Children’s Wards have seen a fantastic selection of special guests in the lead up to Christmas.

29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery


The 29 Commando Regiment visited the children’s wards on 17 December with their very own Father Christmas who delivered selection boxes along with a lot of laughter and smiles. Children and staff were delighted to meet Father Christmas and his very special ‘elves’.

Joanne Cross, Play Specialist, “Thank you so much to all of you.  Father Christmas brought a lot of smiles to the children’s faces as well as some of the parents and staff”.

The commandos also delivered a cheque for £200 for the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund to help provide entertainment and activities over the Christmas period.

The money was raised during their annual inter departmental cross country run during which each commando pays to enter and to compete in the charitable event, complete with Santa hats.

HMS Raleigh     


The HMS Raleigh golf cartel, which is made up of Royal Navy personnel and staff from Interserve News in Torpoint, has donated the proceeds from their annual charity competition to the Children’s Ward at Derriford Hospital.  The competition raised £150 for the ward and competitors also donated festive selection boxes which were delivered by Steve Brittain to the Children’s Wards on Thursday.

Elf on a Shelf  


Drakes Den visited the children’s wards with their friend Elf on a Shelf earlier this week.  They brought lots of smiles to the children and handed out free passes for children to visit Drakes Den when they leave hospital. Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers, said:  “Thank you to Drakes Den for thinking of our children on Level 12.”

Kingsmen Choir


The Kingsmen Choir visited the children’s wards last Thursday and sang a selection of Christmas songs for the children, parents and staff.  One of the choir members has a grandchild who is regular patient and wanted to bring some Christmas joy the children. Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers, said: “It was a fantastic time and everyone joined in with the singing.”

Plymouth Cycling Campaign


Plymouth Cycling Campaign completed a ride in the pouring rain last weekend from Rockets and Rascals on the Barbican to Derriford Hospital.

Dressed as either Santa or one of his elves, the riders arrived at Derriford to deliver gifts. The group have also been raising money for the new Paediatric Emergency department.

Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers said: “We want to thank everyone that was involved in collecting gifts for the children and the funds that they are continuing to raise up until Christmas.”

The Great Bruce Forsyth Social Club


‘The Great Bruce Forsyth Social Club’ have donated £300 to the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund (CHHF) to help provide a new reading area in the Activity Centre on Woodcock Ward along with activities to do at the new tables that they have been able to purchase with the generous donation.

CHHF help to provide that ‘little bit more’ for the children and their families that are on the children’s wards along with other paediatric areas across University Hospitals Plymouth.  They aim to provide activities, resources and facilities to aid recovery and make the experience of being in hospital just a bit better.

“We appreciate every penny that is donated to CHHF, as they use all the donations to help our patients”, said Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers.

“This donation will help us provide a new reading / quiet area within the Activity Centre which will help benefit our younger patients.  This can be a difficult time of the year for families to be in hospital and being able to provide resources for them to use will help bring smiles to them”

“We want to thank all the ‘Brucies’.  They are ‘Marvellous!’

National Citizen Service Action Project


The National Citizen Service (NCS) Action Project volunteers have been running a project which supports young people in giving back to the community along with improving their own skills.

The group created shoeboxes full of gifts for the children who are in hospital and will be over the Christmas period. 

With the help of NCS sponsorship money and local businesses, they were able to donate shoeboxes for all the ages with cuddly toys, games, colouring, pencils, crayons and toiletries. 

Play Service Team Leader, Sue Rodgers, said: “We want to thank the group for all their hard work and are certain that the contents will bring a lot of smiles to our patients.”

Plymouth Area Spreads and Builders


The Plymouth Area Spreads and Builders (PASAB) group came to visit Plym Children’s Theatres and the children's wards at Derriford Hospital last week and donated a cheque for a fantastic £5,500.

PASAB are a group of people in the building trade who raise funds to support various charities in the Plymouth area and have chosen the Children’s Wards and the Splash`ED’ Appeal to benefit this year.

PASAB have raised over £5,500 and on Saturday, they came to the Children’s Wards with Father Christmas and several of his elves to give out gifts to the children. The funds raised will be used to benefit children that come to the hospital.

“We want to thank everyone who has generously donated to PASAB. The smiles they brought to the children and staff on Saturday were amazing and knowing that we have further funds to enable us to purchase items needed on level 12 is fantastic,” said Sue Rodgers, Play Service Team Leader.

“We hope to purchase various fibre optic lights and a new projector for our Sensory Room initially and will discuss with the children what they think we need.”

Charlotte Durrant, Lead Paediatric Nurse in Children’s Emergency Department said: “Thank you so much to PASAB for supporting our Splash`ED’ Appeal. This money will make such a difference.”


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