A SUMMER club for staff at the Gobowen orthopaedic hospital has been established thanks to the League of Friends and The New Saints.

Staff at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt hospital had the opportunity to book their children in for a week of fun-filled activities at the Venue with help from the TNS foundation.

The collaboration provided subsidised care for staff members' children, while staff also visited the Venue to provide talks on their areas of expertise.

Victoria Sugden, Charity Director at the League of Friends, said: “We are delighted to be supporting members of staff by offering subsidised care for their children over the school holidays.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all at The New Saints FC Foundation and The Venue for putting together a fun-filled week for the children – we heard many glowing reviews from both the children and their parents.

“We’re hoping we’ll be able to offer this again in future during school holidays.”

Some of talks provided included Sue Sayles, Infection Prevention and Control nurse, delivering a hand hygiene session while Simon Marchant, clinical engineer in the Orthotic Research and Locomotor Assessment Unit, let the children mildly electrocute him as part of a demonstration of a stimulator used to help patients walk.

Dan Hoggett, catering manager, also provided a session on healthy eating with the children taking home their own fruit figures.

Sian Langford, deputy facilities manager, and Lauren Morley, theatre scrub nurse, are just two members of staff who booked their children in at the holiday club.

“My boys had a fantastic time at the holiday club – everyday they came home tired, fed and full of stories," said Sian.

“It was fab to hear them talking about how they took part in sports activities, crafts as well as a few special RJAH touches including our famous catering team.”

Gill Jones, manager of the TNS FC Foundation, said: “We were delighted to collaborate with the League of Friends and RJAH to provide this holiday club for their staff.

“The Venue provided a perfect and convenient location, so close to the hospital site and our team of coaches ensured that the children enjoyed every minute of their time with us.

“We look forward to developing our relationship further over the coming months.”