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8 out of 10 Mums is the word on Neptune

02 November 2015


Neptune, the children’s ward at Southend University Hospital has received a bumper bundle of gifts aimed at older children thanks to the generosity of 8 out of 10 Mums users across Essex.

Sam Keeling, founder of 8 out of 10 Mums, along with Vicky Port from the Facebook group delighted staff with armfuls of items for older children aged 12 +on the ward, an age-range that is often forgotten in donations.

The bundle included everything from the latest films such as Fast 7 to a ukulele, up to the minute boardgames and an iPad.

Sam said: "We all share lots of really helpful advice, including lots of cheap activities ideas for kids and days out so we have a scheme called pay it forward where we get donations from our users. We've got over 50,000 users and it's great to be able to give something back to the community, especially something like Neptune ward which many of our users have had a positive experience of."

Mark Gibson, director of Southend-based company Wavetec Limited also heeded the calling, having witnessed the great care his daughter received in the past on Neptune, and he was also there in person to donate an additional iPad, which saw the donation delivered reach almost the value of £1,000.

Lisa Kawa-Akenbo, a play specialist on the ward added: "This donation is amazing and will have a real positive impact on older children staying with us. Whether it's watching a film, playing a game, musical instrument or using an iPad they will all help distract them from their time being in a hospital environment and brighten their stay with us, which in turn aids both their positive outlook and recovery."