Wednesday 22 May 2024
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Children get virtual visit from the Easter Bunny

Over Easter, children on some Nottinghamshire hospital wards got a virtual visit from the Easter Bunny.

The Play Specialist Team at the Children’s Hospital organised for the bunny to appear live online, on a laptop, at the bedside of 33 children.

As well as seeing the Easter Bunny, 6-year-old Joe (pictured) also took part in a mini magic show.

The Easter shows were hosted by Spread A Smile, a Charity that provides entertainment and support to children, young people and families receiving treatment in hospital and at home.

Spread A Smile also sent more than a 100 Easter eggs, 90 blankets and 150 bars of chocolate for children on wards to enjoy.

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Laura Walter, Director of Services at Spread A Smile said:

“We’ve been working with the team at Nottingham for over a year now, providing regular virtual entertainment sessions to patients on the wards, as well as supporting with virtual events, such as the Easter Bunny experience, our virtual Santa’s Grotto, and special virtual activities over school holidays.

“We also support with regular ‘treat drops’, such as Easter eggs, Christmas gifts, cosy blankets and Halloween packs, to help the hospital environment feel more child-friendly and less clinical.’

Notts County Football Club also delivered hundreds of Easter eggs, cuddly toys and chocolate bars; many of which were dropped off at collection points by fans.

Commercial and Fan Engagement Executive, Alice Kelk, told us supporting the community is very important to them:

“Notts County Football Club is all about community and helping where we can.  It is so important. There are people that are in a lot of need and we are always there to support where we can.

“We mainly donate chocolate selection boxes or Easter eggs but for the children that aren’t able to have those, we always donate cuddly toys; we have lots of bunny rabbits and teddy bears. There is also a bag of merchandise from our club shop; stationery, pencil cases and sweat bands.’

Clare Wheat, from The ALD Group in Nottingham, personally dropped off a box of Easter eggs:

‘We feel that it is very important to give back to the local community. This is just a little gesture, a token of good will.’

Hundreds of Easter eggs were donated to our hospitals over the last week, and they have been delivered to patients and staff across our sites. A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed.

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