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Toys, books and oxygen for children’s ward

29 July 2019

Fundraising

£800 has been donated to Southend Hospital’s Neptune Ward by the Shanta Foundation. The money will be used to buy a hand-held oxygen saturation probe for the children’s ward.

Executive of the Shanta Foundation, Nimisha Patel together with her children (Shail, 7 and Bella, 3) presented a donation, a sack full of toys and games to staff at Neptune children's ward.

Nimisha Patel who practices as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Wexham Park Hospital said: "The Shanta Foundation has proudly donated the money to Neptune Ward in order to fund a well-needed Oxygen Saturation probe, as well as some toys for the children that will spend time on the ward. Many of our family members have grown up in Southend and have used the hospital facilities. We believe it is important for us as a family to give back to our local community. Therefore our youngest generation has been involved in donating some of their new toys as well as raising this money through a sponsored run."

Neptune Ward is a general paediatric ward that provides care and treatment for children aged up to 16 years.

Beccy Sargent, Paediatric Practice Educator on Neptune Ward said: "We are always so grateful for any donation big or small as it directly benefits patient care and experience. The very generous donation from the Shanta Foundation has meant that we can buy greatly needed equipment. It is my pleasure to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Shanta Foundation on behalf of our staff and our patients."

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Photo caption: Shail, Bella and Nimisha Patel (centre) with members of staff from Neptune Ward, Southend Hospital