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School of Health Studies Brings Festive Cheer

20 December 10

As shoppers frantically search for their last minute Christmas presents, staff and students at the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford have been busy collecting gifts for local children who will be spending the festive season in hospital in Bradford and Airedale.

Some of the most seriously ill youngsters will not be able to return home for Christmas and in Bradford Royal Infirmary alone, up to 67 children and young people will spend Christmas on the wards.

Dean of the School, Shirley Congdon commented: "We work very closely with both Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, who provide an excellent level of support for our students whilst they are on their clinical placements. We wanted to be able to express our thanks and to bring some festive cheer to families whose children are spending Christmas in hospital."

"We are delighted with the level of response that we have had to our appeal and I would also like to express my thanks to the University of Bradford Student Union for allowing us to collect donations at their Christmas Market this week."

Bradford Royal Infirmary Matron, Louise Fox, said: "Many of our children will be in hospital on Christmas Day so for the School of Health Studies to take the time and effort to make these toy donations is really special and will certainly light up many a poorly child."

"For children in hospital play can help speed up their recovery and put a smile on their little faces. The department’s visit here will certainly bring cheer to our patients and their families at this special time of the year."

The BRI has three paediatric wards - paediatrics medical (ward 16), paediatrics acute medicine (ward 17), and paediatrics surgical (ward 2). A hospital school is located at ward 17 of the BRI while the Trust’s paediatrics outpatients department is based at St Luke’s Hospital.

20 December 10

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