McDonald’s joins Adver to help kids in hospital
AN IMPRESSIVE £1,200 has been raised by McDonald’s staff and customers to help improve the Great Western Hospital’s new Emergency Department.
The GWH is building a new ED specifically for children, as well as improving the current department.
Earlier this year the Adver launched the Making it Better appeal to help the GWH raise £20,000 to go towards furnishing the children’s ED. It is hoped that toys, games and other child-friendly gadgets will help the hospital’s youngest patients feel less intimidated.
On Saturday Mcdonald’s restaurants across the town joined forces with the Swindon Advertiser to host a fun day for customers.
While staff dressed in Halloween costumes, the Adver’s very own Alfie the Alligator toured the restaurants on the Vintage Bus and raised £1,200.
Caroline Wretham, matron for unscheduled care at the GWH, said: “We are delighted to hear how much was raised by the Swindon Advertiser and McDonald’s at the fundraising event they organised last weekend, and we are grateful to both for their support. “The money will be a massive boost towards the ongoing campaign, and help ensure we can kit out the new children’s emergency department with lots of toys, games and entertainment to help make it a relaxing environment. Work began in August to refurbish our emergency department and create the dedicated children’s emergency department; and the Swindon Advertiser have been fantastic in helping us spread the word and raise funds through their ‘Making it Better’ campaign. “We have decided to continue work throughout the winter months, and expect all work to be complete by the end of the year.
“We would also like to thank the community for their kind donations and fundraising efforts.”
If you would like to donate, visit the Just Giving page at www.just giving. com/GWH-ED-Appeal or text GWED50 with your amount to 70070. People can claim gift aid at no extra cost.
Alternatively, donate by cheque, donate in person at the cashiers’ office on the ground floor, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques can be made out to Great Western Hospital and sent to Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Department, Trust HQ, Floor Two, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB.
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