Community donations create eggs-cellent Easter for NHS staff and patients

Carlie Waller with Easter Eggs donated to the hospital. She is pictured with another woman outside the QEQM hospital with some of the eggs she has brought for the hospital patients and staff

Published on 22 April 2021

Staff and patients at East Kent Hospitals had an eggs-cellent Easter thanks to donations from local communities.

Treats were donated to East Kent Hospitals Charity from businesses, organisations and individuals including HSBC UK in Canterbury, Kent Police and CTR Construction.

They were distributed across the hospitals, including to children’s wards at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

Chief Inspector Nick Sparkes, from Ashford Police Station, donated Lindt chocolate to Padua ward at the William Harvey, while chocolate eggs, colouring books and pencils from HSBC Canterbury were gifted to the Children’s Therapies Team at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

More than 70 Easter eggs were donated by CTR Construction to the Children’s Assessment Centre at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, and local business Artisan du Chocolat treated staff at the William Harvey to 300 chocolate milkshake eggs.

Supporter Carlie Waller fundraised across Adisham, Canterbury and surrounding areas and used the money to buy a huge amount of Easter eggs, which were gifted to Rainbow ward at the QEQM. She had previously donated bags of goodies for staff and children in December.

Dee Neligan, senior charity officer for East Kent Hospitals Charity, said: “We rely on the support of our generous communities and were delighted to be supported by so many businesses and fundraisers over the Easter period. Thank you so much- we are so very grateful.”

Ailish O’Hara, play specialist on Padua ward, said: “Both staff and children were delighted with the donation. It has brought lots of smiles to Padua.

“There is nothing like some yummy chocolate to make our patients feel a little better."

To find out how to support staff and departments throughout the year visit https://www.ekhcharity.org.uk/make-a-difference/