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Toys go down a treat at hospital

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By Fiona Reid
Toys go down a treat at hospital

OVER 200 soft toys have been handed out to patients on the children’s ward at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

They were donated by the town’s ice hockey team through their ‘Hurl a Hug’ initiative.

And four Sharks visited the ward to present some of the toys and meet youngsters and their families.

More donations will be made to The Willows and Oak Tree Family Centre.

Team head coach Martin Grubb said: “As a club, supporting health and wellbeing in the community is really important to us and it’s a pleasure to bring some happiness to children who are in hospital during Christmas time.

“That’s been made even better with some of our players delivering the soft toys in person this year.

“The response to the second year of our ‘Hurl a Hug’ soft toy donation has been fantastic and we’re delighted to hear this means the soft toys are being shared with children in the community as well as those who are in hospital. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported ‘Hurl a Hug’.”

Responding, deputy charge nurse Sarah Murphy said: “I would like to thank the Solway Sharks for this lovely and generous donation and for taking the time to visit the ward to spend time with children and their families.

“We are especially delighted as there have been no visits like this for over two years. It’s been lovely for children who are in hospital at Christmas time to pick out a soft toy given out by a special visitor, this brings a smile and comfort at what is a difficult time for them and for their families.”


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