Daring doctors, nurses and parents from Ysbyty Glan Clwyd's Children’s Ward have abseiled off the Devil's Gorge at Loggerheads Country Park in Denbighshire, raising almost £2,000 in the process which will be used to refurbish a room on the ward which is being specifically designed for children with Cystic Fibrosis.
The brave group carried out the nerve wracking stunt using abseiling equipment which was kindly donated for the event by Snowdonia Adventure Activities.
Staff nurse Elen Moseley was inspired to organise the sponsored abseil after patients and their parents told her that this particular room was not as welcoming as other areas of the ward which have previously benefitted from charitable support.
"Children with Cystic Fibrosis can spend weeks at a time on the ward and so we want to create a space where the children and their families can relax together, somewhere they can be amused which is not so clinical looking.
“Through this event and others we want to raise enough money to decorate the room and provide new furniture along with educational toys and games. We can make the room much brighter through simple structural changes, for example through installing a set of patio doors onto the play yard.”
Berni Bryce, who has two children with Cystic Fibrosis aged 9 and 14 said:
"As parents we think it’s wonderful that staff on the ward and others want to raise money for a special room for children like ours who regularly receive care in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
“The proposed changes to the room will certainly make stays for treatment that bit easier to cope with. Due to their condition, our children are not always allowed into the playroom, so for them to have a specially equipped, brighter and friendlier space will make a big difference to their stay in hospital.
“We are so thankful to all those who are raising money to make these significant changes happen!"
Toni Lloyd took part in the abseil to give something back for the care given to her lovely daughter Bonnie Lloyd.
"When children spend a long time in hospital they miss home, so having a comfortable room really can make all the difference. Happiness is a great help on the road to recovery."
Patrick Roberts, a representative from the charity Awyr Las, which aims to make healthcare better in North Wales, said:
“It’s great that so many people have shown their support for patients with Cystic Fibrosis in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd through getting involved in the abseil.
“Through taking part in this fun activity – if I can call it fun! - the healthcare staff and parents here are helping to ensure that these children get to enjoy fun activities whilst in hospital for long periods of time.
“I’ve seen how small changes to the hospital environment can make a huge difference for patients, particularly children, and I hope that more people in the community will want to get involved to help make the children’s room more comfortable and inviting.
“The patients and their families, Elen and the other healthcare staff, are inspirational. The people who took part in the abseil are brave, but the real bravery can be seen on the Children’s Ward everyday.”
If you would like to show your support for the children with Cystic Fibrosis who regularly receive care in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, log on to www.justgiving.com/Elen-Moseley, or contact Patrick at Awyr Las on 01248 384395 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.