Young patients in Watford General Hospital will be having an egg-tastic Easter surprise, thanks to the kindness of four locally-based firms. Between them, they collected over 400 eggs, which will be given out over the Easter period to poorly children in Starfish and Safari wards and in the Children’s emergency department.
Bradley Baxter, from JJ Burgess and Sons, explained why they were so keen to collect Easter goodies: “We were in the office planning our Easter breaks with our loved ones and it made us think about those who couldn’t be at home, although being cared for by all the wonderful hospital staff and volunteers. So we thought we’d ask for chocolate donations from our local community to put some smiles on their faces.”
Anytime Fitness Croxley Park had an ingenious fundraising idea, as Neal Maher explains: “We usually charge non-members to use the gym. However we ran a special offer that, if they donated an Easter egg instead, we gave them a free day pass. We had a great response, and our existing members joined in too. We smashed our target of collecting 200 eggs!”
Lawrence Browne from the Expert Property Group added: “As a company we realised we had lots of Easter chocolate so we thought we’d like to give something back by sharing with the community. It’s not about self promotion, but putting children first.”
Tusker, the Car Benefit People, got involved with Raise, the hospital’s charity, during its ‘Raise a Smile this Christmas’ appeal in December. “We thoroughly enjoyed collecting Christmas gifts for the hospital’s older patients, so thought we’d do something for younger patients this time. Watford General is our hospital and staff there care for our loved ones, our customers, families and friends, so we’ve been keen to develop the relationship, to say thank you”.
Samantha Sherratt, Raise’s director, said: “It is such a treat when local companies come into the hospital with goodies! The children will be absolutely delighted. We were bowled over when these four companies came forward and offered to collect eggs; kindness like this will help make Easter feel that extra bit special.”