This week a huge delivery of toys and craft supplies arrived for the children at Bristol children’s hospital, thanks to a donation of £400 from Kidney Care UK.
Suzan Yianni, Hospital Grants Manager at Kidney Care UK, said: “We’re delighted to be able to donate these toys and crafts for the children. There are around 1,000 children with kidney disease across the UK so that often means that they can feel isolated; not able to do the same things their friends can because of dialysis and other health issues that kidney disease can cause.
Many children spend a lot of time having dialysis at specialist hospitals like Bristol, so we're delighted to be able to give them something to help take their minds off dialysis and help bring smiles to their faces.”
We have had a long relationship with the hospital having awarded more than £175,000 in grants to Bristol children’s hospital over the last 7 years. These have including the funding a number of staff posts, renal diet projects, helping support the team at the Transplant Games and paying for children’s activity holidays at Fairthorne Manor.
Lucy Farkas, hospital play specialist at Bristol children’s hospital said: “We’re so grateful for the grants that Kidney Care UK provide every year; we use the money to provide arts and crafts materials for our patients and their families to use during their stays with us and during dialysis. When you’re a child being in hospital can be boring but these activities give them something to do and feel proud of when they are finished – we also use them to brighten up patient rooms and make displays on the wards.”
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