Christmas comes early to children at Worthing Hospital
Young patients on the children’s ward at Worthing Hospital enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas and his merry band of elves from St Andrew’s CE High School on Wednesday.
Staff and students from the school handed out gifts on Bluefin ward and were rewarded with smiles and giggles.
I’ve been a patient here and it’s not nice being ill, so I’m glad to be able to cheer up the other children on the ward
Mrs Purcell, a teacher at the school, said: “St Andrew’s school plays a big role in the community.
“We think it’s important that we not only teach our children the curriculum, but also teach them about giving back and helping those less fortunate.
“This is our fifth year bringing presents to Bluefin Ward and our children always get a lot out of it. All our gifts are brand new. The children go out and buy them, wrap them and label them. They take it really seriously.”
Junior Dhupa, a student at St Andrew’s said: “This is the first year I’ve been involved with this, but I think it’s really important to help out.
“I’ve been a patient here and it’s not nice being ill, so I’m glad to be able to cheer up the other children on the ward.”
As well as handing out presents to the children who were on Bluefin Ward at the time, St Andrew’s left behind a stack of presents to delight children throughout the festive period.
Christie Taylor, Bluefin play manager, said: “The Christmas visit from St Andrews always brings a lot of Christmas cheer to Bluefin.
“Being in hospital is hard enough when you’re a kid, but at this time of year it’s even harder on our little patients and their families.
“A visit from Father Christmas makes it just a little bit more bearable for everyone.”