Developers' gift to Orthodpaedic Children's Ward

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Staff reporter (Border Counties)

New sensory equipment is lighting up the faces of youngsters on the children’s ward at the Orthopaedic Hospital in Gobowen.

Developers Kier Construction – which built the recently-opened £15.1 million theatre and ward development at the hospital – presented Alice Ward with nearly £4,000 of fibre optic lights and tactile toys.

It raised the funds with a charity golf day at Oswestry Golf Course.

Operations manager Justin Williams said: “It’s about giving something back. We’re contractors, we’re in business, but all of us have a social responsibility and personal pride that becomes clear with this sensory equipment.

“This is more tangible than the presentation of a cheque. There’s an end product and you can see what a fantastic benefit this is going to be for the children.”

Thanking them for their donation, Alice Ward manager Suzanne Marsden said: “It’s really humbling to see a big business like Kier be so personal with a donation.

“Not only have they raised money for the sensory room but they’ve come here in person to donate the equipment.

“Many of our patients need intensive physio to keep their joints and muscles healthy, so to be able to bring them into the sensory room or take the sensory equipment to their bedside is priceless.

“It calms patients down and allows us to treat them without them stressing.”

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