Children receiving treatment for Cystic Fibrosis at Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Children’s Ward will soon benefit from a bespoke and specially equipped clinical area, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a Colwyn Bay Nursery.
Brave Owen Jones, 2, from Llandudno Junction is one of 24 children from the Conwy & Denbighshire area that require regular care on Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Children’s Ward, where they can spend weeks at a time away from other children because of the risk of infection.
Staff, parents and children from Springfield Day Nursery in Colwyn Bay, which Owen attends, held a sponsored walk and cake sale last year, which raised over £2,100. The money, donated through North Wales NHS Charity Blue Sky will help fund adaptations to a cubicle on the ward which is used specifically for children with Cystic Fibrosis.
“Due to their condition, Owen and other children with Cystic Fibrosis aren’t always allowed into the playroom, so having a specially equipped, brighter and friendlier space will make a huge difference to their stay in hospital” explained Owen’s Mum, Sam.
“Nursery staff have been brilliant with Owen – I really can’t thank them enough” she added.
Staff at Springfield Day Nursery are the latest to support the fundraising campaign, which last year saw 16 daring doctors, nurses and parents from Glan Clwyd Hospital’s Children’s Ward abseiling off the Devil's Gorge at Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire, raising almost £2,000 in the process. While a dietician from the hospital took on the mammoth 105 mile Scotland Coast to Coast challenge in September, raising £700.
Children’s Ward Manager Cara Roberts said:
“We’re so grateful to Springfield Day Nursery for their fundraising efforts which will enable us to significantly improve the experience of these brave children, who often spend long periods of time in our care.”