Parents’ £1.2k ‘thank you’ to hospital ward

Members of the childrens ward team at Bostons Pilgrim Hospital, with Emily and Paul Wand.
Members of the childrens ward team at Bostons Pilgrim Hospital, with Emily and Paul Wand.
  • Couple’s daughters both spent time on hospital’s children’s ward
  • Five kilometre inflatable obstacle course among the fundraisers

A Donington mum and dad have raised more than £1,200 for a ward at Pilgrim Hospital, in Boston, inspired by how it has supported their family.

Paul and Emily Wand decided to fund raise for the children’s ward after their daughters, Hollie and Jessica, both received care there.

Everyone on the ward is exceptional; the nurses always take time to talk to you and the housekeepers singing make a sometimes difficult experience easier to bear. We hope this money will go some way to show our appreciation to the team.

Hollie, aged four, has spent time on the ward for a number of reasons, mainly for pneumonia last year, but also for a few episodes of anaphylaxis (an acute allergin reaction) and also in relation to some ongoing conditions; while Jessica, aged 21 months, had a severe upper respiratory infection.

The most recent fund raising from Paul, 37, and Emily, 30, involved a five-kilometre inflatable obstacle challenge, an 18-hole golf day. and raffle which saw generous donations from local businesses.

The donation of £1,274 will be used to increase what is on offer in the ward’s playroom and parents’ suite.

Emily said: “Everyone on the ward is exceptional; the nurses always take time to talk to you and the housekeepers singing make a sometimes difficult experience easier to bear. We hope this money will go some way to show our appreciation to the team.”

Children’s ward staff have spoken of their gratitude to Emily and Paul following the couple’s four-figure donation to their department.

Emma Boole, ward sister, said: “This is a lovely donation and it is wonderful for the children who attend the ward.

“It is really great to hear about the difference we make to families and we know this will go a long way to really enhancing the experience of both children and their parents.”