GENEROUS sisters have donated sensory toys to make youngsters being cared for on the Children’s Ward at Rotherham Hospital smile this Christmas.
Sieera Ismail, 20, of Moorgate, and 22-year-old Shyanne Ismail, of Kimberworth, were inspired by their work with children with learning disabilities. Sieera is a PA worker for the Special Needs Inclusion Playcare Service at Sheffield City Council and sister Shyanne works for the council’s Learning Disabilities Schools Service.
The pair saved up and fundraised for six months to buy a selection of sensory toys, which use light, sound and texture to keep minds and hands distracted. They are currently delivering them to schools, hospitals, care homes and to individual families in Sheffield and Rotherham.
“We know that many of the families we work with can’t necessarily afford sensory toys but we know the difference something so simple can make to the health and wellbeing of children. We thought we’d chip in and donate toys to as many children as possible.
“We wanted to treat the youngsters who will be on the Children’s Ward at Christmas because we know they won’t have the kind of Christmas they hoped for or imagined. We hope the sensory toys make the children who receive them smile when it really matters the most.
“We are really proud of what we have achieved. Giving out the gifts to children in all the different settings has felt wonderful.”
The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity raise funds to provide the extra special resources, equipment and projects which the NHS would ordinarily not be able to afford. The charity also receives a host of toys and treats for patients of all ages, especially at Christmas time.
Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, said:
“The charity is fortunate to have such incredible fundraisers like Sieera and Shyanne. We are delighted to receive such a thoughtful donation. Saving just a few pounds every day has enabled them to do something incredible for the children we care for. I’m sure they will have inspired others to think about how a small act of kindness and generosity can make such a big difference this Christmas.”