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Santa comes early to the Emergency Care Centre at Prince Charles Hospital


A LETTER to supermarket giant Tesco has paid dividends for the youngest patients at Prince Charles Hospital’s Emergency Care Centre.

Thanks to Natalie Swales, a paediatric nurse in the department, children who have suffered an injury or accident now have £200 of new toys to play with when they come into hospital.

santaemergency3.jpgIt was Natalie’s idea to write to Tesco to ask if the supermarket would be kind enough to donate toys to the emergency care centre because its current stock had been so well used they were starting to look a little worn.

To Natalie’s surprise, a call from Ceri Randell, community champion for the Merthyr Tydfil store confirmed Tesco would be delighted to donate toys to the centre - just in time for Christmas.

Diane Wood, community champion at Tesco’s neighbouring Aberdare store said: “It is so satisfying to know that the community benefits from the service we provide. I love my job – it’s so rewarding.”

And Ceri, community champion for the Merthyr store, added: “When I received Natalie’s letter I was only too pleased to speak to Diane to make a joint donation from both stores. I agree with Diane, the role is so rewarding.

“The community benefits from Tesco donations all year round, not just Christmas.”

santaemergency2.jpgPictured from left to right are: Diane Wood, community champion (Aberdare), Ceri Thomas, paediatric nurse, Natalie Swales, paediatric nurse and Ceri Randell, community champion (Merthyr Tydfil).

santaemergency.jpgA signed Ospreys rugby ball was also donated by Tesco, which the staff at the emergency care centre will raffle at their Christmas party.

The staff at the emergency care centre will be joining Santa and his elves on December 19 in his grotto in the foyer of Prince Charles Hospital to sell cakes to raise funds for the centre.
Source: Cwm Taf Health Board

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