Health service an easy decision for toy donation

Posted: February 2 2017

Community spirit has helped a Watford supermarket donate bags full of toys for children accessing health services.

Health service an easy decision for toy donation

Toy donation from left: Wendy Corr, Administrator, Emily Lovegrove, Community Champion at Morrisons, Watford, Sheila Billing, Physiotherapist, Anne Jervis, Business Support Manager and Dr Viji Rudran, Consultant Community Paediatrician.

Morrisons in Ascot Road, Watford, decided that their Christmas toy donation would be given to the Peace Children’s Centre – a decision that was close to the heart of one particular staff member.

Emily Lovegrove, Community Champion at the store, accessed health services from the centre when she was younger. For her the choice was an easy one to make.

She said: “As Community Champion it was down to me to suggest who to give the toy donation to. I know a lot of people access the children’s centre, just like I did and my brother.

“They do wonderful things there, treating children of all ages with a range of needs. I couldn’t think of a better cause.

“We announced the toy donation with a collection box and sign at the front of the store. The support from shoppers was fantastic, some donated old toys they no longer needed and others bought brand new ones in the shop to give away.

“The children’s centre seems to relate to a lot of people so it was a good decision to make.”

The Peace Children’s Centre is run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, providing a range of health service for children and their families. Some of these include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Audiology
  • Specialist dental
  • Community paediatrics
  • Community nursing
  • School nurses

Wendy Corr, Administrator at Peace Children’s Centre, said: “We held a meeting with leaders for each service we run here. The idea is that they will select a number of toys to take into their department.

“Toys are a great distraction for children and take their mind away from the unfamiliar surroundings.

“We are very grateful to Morrisons for choosing us, as we would not have been able to do this on such a scale on our own. It is nice to have the support of the local community.”

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