Helping cheer children in hospital

KIND-HEARTED students and staff from Denton Community College (DCC) have donated 120 pairs of pyjamas to a charity’s Christmas campaign.

Children’s Hospital Pyjamas is a UK based charity formed 11 years ago which distributes new pyjamas donated to hospitals, hospices and women’s refuges to poorly or less fortunate children.

Year 10 students Merphy Lukusa, left, and Isabelle Mees with some of the pyjamas

The charity’s mission statement is ‘spreading love through comfort’.

It is the first time the charity has operated in this region with 600 pairs of pyjamas already donated from Greater Manchester, of which a sizeable percentage were from DCC.

They will be donated to Tameside General Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The charity said: “No child wants to be in a hospital, but if they have to be, they do not want to be wearing a hospital gown. All children who are inpatient’s in our receiving hospitals, for whatever reason, will be gifted a new pair of comfy pyjamas.

“The pyjamas are donated and sent with love, so that each child who receives a pair, knows that someone is wishing them a speedy recovery and is thinking of them.”

Andrew Gwynne received the thank you certificate from Julie Bell on behalf of Denton Community College

The charity contacted Hayley Duffy, head of community at DCC, to ask whether they would become involved.

“The students are very passionate about helping community and actively promoted it. The response was amazing,” she explained.

“A big thank you to everyone at the college for donating so many pairs of pyjamas, they were fantastic,” said Julie Bell, co-ordinator for Children’s Hospital Pyjamas.

Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has also been helping to promote the charity.

He said: “A great many people from Tameside and other areas have taken the charity to their hearts.

“For children to have comfortable, new, clean, funky pyjamas is important.

“It is the little things which make a big difference to a child’s experience in hospital.”

There are collection points at Morrisons, Bredbury, and St Ann’s RC Church, Ashton.

You can also donate here https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/RC6MQ5WVZ85H/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

For further information, visit www.childrenshospitalpyjamas.co.uk

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