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Call for young artists to give vent to their creative streak

28 October 2013

Health Care

Following an overwhelming response to the last two years’ appeals, Southend University Hospital is again calling on young artists to help cheer up patients who will spend Christmas in a hospital bed

Children are being asked to design, make and send Christmas cards to be distributed around the wards by youngsters from the hospital's Ladybird nursery.

Childcare business manager, Lisa Green, said: "For the past two years we have called on kids to think of those who will not be at home with their families on the big day. Both times we received a fantastic response with thousands of cards arriving for our patients.

"We are repeating our appeal this year and feel sure children in the area will once again be only too ready to get out their paints, glitter and cotton wool to show their artistic flair and their caring nature. They can make such a difference to patients who cannot get home, and make Christmas a bit more special for them."

Cards should be sent to Lisa at the family support office, education centre, Southend University Hospital, Prittlewell Chase, Southend, SS0 0RY by Friday, December 6 to ensure time for distribution around the wards.

Lisa said: "We can't wait to see what the coming weeks' postbag will bring - as well as the smiles on patients' faces when they are handed their special cards."