Hartlepool teachers raise cash for children in hospital

A group of teachers from a Hartlepool primary school have donated a fantastic £2,700 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 to raise a total of £2,778.75 for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s play service.

The play service, made up by a dedicated team of play specialists, 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. They 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, a teacher at Clavering Primary School, 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, made up of teachers, teaching assistants, office staff and the senior leadership team, completed their walk in April to raise money for play specialists in the children’s ward through the charity at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

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. It will make such a difference to our patients.”

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