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
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."