A group of teachers from a Hartlepool primary school have made a fantastic donation of £2,700. The money will be used to make hospital stays a little brighter for poorly children.
Staff from Clavering Primary School organised a 26-mile sponsored walk from Robin Hood’s Bay to Saltburn. They raised a total of £2,778.75 for the Trust’s play service.
The play service is made up by a dedicated team of play specialists. They provide care and support for children and young people in hospital.
They organise activities to encourage children to play and to maintain their development during illness. The specialists also support children undergoing procedures that they might find frightening, such as MRI scans and surgeries, and offer assistance and guidance to children’s families.
Matthew Stoddart is a teacher at Clavering Primary School. He said: “Our aim was to raise enough money to fund toys, activities and equipment to make children’s hospital stays a little easier and brighter.
“Thank you to everyone who supported us leading up to and on the day. It really made such a difference during the hardest parts of those 26 miles.
“It was a really tough challenge but we completed it.”
The group from Clavering Primary School was made up of teachers, teaching assistants, office staff and the senior leadership team. They completed their walk in April to raise money for play specialists in the children’s ward through the Trust’s charity.
Alyson Thompson, team leader on the children’s ward, said: “The children we care for have complex needs and medical conditions and often spend a lot of time in hospital.
“Our aim is to provide a safe environment for all of our patients and families to enjoy and relax. We’d ultimately like to develop a sensory room and garden to be enjoyed on our ward.
“A huge thank you to everyone at Clavering School for supporting us to achieve our goal. This donation will make such a difference to our patients.”