Staff at East Surrey Hospital’s children’s ward proudly showed off their new facilities recently to the kind hearted fundraisers who helped pay for them.
The couple from Dormansland raised thousands of pounds to help pay for the new High Dependency Unit after their son was treated at the hospital which is by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Jo Sweeting, her partner Simon Sheasby and their four year old son Henry were joined by staff from the Rockinghorse Childrens Charity which also helped fund the new room on Outwood ward.
Their efforts helped pay for the HDU and the equipment in it, including comfortable chairs for parents and calm lightening for the young patients.
Jo said: “Henry was a patient on the ward when he was just 10 weeks old. Everyone was so great we thought it would be nice to give something back and over a couple of years we raised about £45,000. It’s been lovely to come along with him and see what the money has been spent on and it looks amazing.”
Joanne Farrell, Matron, Children and Young People, said: “With the help of Rockinghorse and Jo and Simon we have been able to create a calm and peaceful environment and we know this gives our patients and their families a nicer experience. It’s been lovely to have them here today and show them what we have done with their donations.”