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Leeds Children’s Hospital’s Ward 52 refurbished thanks to local community

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LEEDS Cares is thrilled to announce that Paediatric Neurosciences Ward at Leeds Children’s Hospital has completed its refurbishment thanks to the amazing generosity of the Leeds community with over £100,000 being donated.

The project has renovated the ward environment including a new fully equipped kitchen, the refurbishment of four ensuite shower rooms, and the installation of ceiling hoists. This will transform the care provided to children with brain, spinal and neurological conditions who often require specialist care and support around the clock.

Sarah Rice, from Leeds in West Yorkshire, has been on the ward for the past 7 weeks with her 16-year-old daughter Maddie who suffers from severe epilepsy and has been cared for at Leeds Children’s Hospital for more than 10 years. With no other family members allowed to visit during COVID-19, Sarah and Maddie see the ward as their ‘home away from home’.

Sarah said:

“The atmosphere is really lovely for children who aren’t well, it’s bright and airy and colourful. We’ve welcomed having our own space and privacy on the ward, the kitchen and ensuite are clean and modern with comfy chairs, a TV and even lovely touches from the staff like biscuits. The transformation is great!”

The refurbishment was only possible thanks to the amazing support from local businesses, non-profit organisations and other supporters including Harry’s Star (part of the charity, BTRS), Gateley’s, Determined Dan, Mr Hagues, Will’s Way and the Parmar family who all fundraised for the project.

Julie Cooper, Senior Sister on Ward 52 at Leeds Children’s Hospital said:

“Some children can spend weeks or even months at a time on the ward with their families. During the coronavirus outbreak when young patients are isolated on the ward, the newly refurbished spaces help children and their parents feel more at home during a very difficult time.”

For more information about Leeds Cares please visit https://leeds-cares.org/ or follow us for the latest updates on Facebook @LeedsCares and on Twitter and Instagram @Leeds_Cares.

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