David Bunyan, author of children’s book Lily’s Christmas Letter, donated some of his books to young patients at Airedale General Hospital. The donation was made to our Christmas Gift Appeal, that we launched in November of last year.
David, from Ribble Valley in Lancashire, said:
“As a teacher, sports coach, and wellbeing coach, I’ve spent most of my adult life working with and supporting children. It comes naturally to want to help them, so it made sense to me to donate some of my books to those who were ill at Christmas.
“I have such happy memories of Christmas as a child, and I want others to have the same, so if I could contribute even slightly to that then I want to do it. I always think in situations like this that, if something helps or brings a little bit of joy to just one child, it’s worth doing!”
Lily’s Christmas Letter is a story is about a young girl who writes to Father Christmas how she helps him to save Christmas for everyone.
“I know about Airedale Hospital & Community Charity through hospital staff that play for the women’s team at Skipton Cricket Club, where I coach. When I asked what the best way was to donate to the hospital over Christmas, they told me about the work of the Charity.”
Laura Hepworth, our Community Fundraiser, said:
“Our team is extremely grateful for David and the gifts he has given our youngest patients at Christmas.
“Thank you, David, for your generosity, and helping make Christmas special at Airedale.”
Funds raised for Airedale Hospital and Community Charity go towards the improvement of staff and patient wellbeing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the surrounding community, providing items and services that are above and beyond NHS provision.