Young patients and their families have given the thumbs up to a quiet room that Well Wishers fundraisers have helped to create on the children’s ward at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Members of the Walsall club of Soroptimist International kindly donated £665 that they collected through a range of activities including holding a tombola in the atrium at the hospital, a stall at Pelsall Carnival and a quiz, earlier this year.
And they were only too pleased to come back and see how their efforts were being put to good use now the room that parents can use while their children are being cared for on Ward 21 paediatric assessment Unit is up and running.
While waiting to have a number of teeth removed Emmie Ellett, aged eight, and her grandmother Joan were using the parent room when Soroptimists Alyson Green and Gwen Evans popped in accompanied by Ward 21 Senior Sister Fiona Mullner
Joan said they were pleased to be able to sit in a quiet room as opposed to the main hospital café during this anxious time.
“It’s really nice to be offered a comfortable room to sit in,” she said.
“The sofas make it feel really homely and it’s nice to have a peaceful atmosphere, particularly when Emmie is nervous about having the procedure. She’s settled really well in here. Having tea and coffee has also been a lovely surprise!”
Alyson said the Soroptimists had wanted the funds they raised to be used to paint the room and make it as comfortable as possible for those who need to be at the hospital while their children are poorly.
“It’s a stressful and worrying time for them and it’s important that they can come and take a bit of quiet time and have a drink or snack,” she said.
Georgie Westley, Walsall Healthcare’s Fundraising manager, added: “I’m so pleased that they were able to come back and see how their fundraising efforts have paid off and are making a real difference to our patients’ experience. The Soroptimists are very supportive of our Well Wishers charity and I’d once again like to thank them for their generosity.”
Would you like to support our Well Wishers charity which is raising funds to make a difference? See our website www.walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk/charity or contact Georgie on 01922 656643 or via email at Georgie.Westley@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk