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Skipton Rotary Club gifts 80 Advent Calendars to Children’s Ward

By 1 December 2023February 2nd, 2024No Comments
Photo of six people holding advent calendars. To the left, a man wearing glasses and a grey suit, and an Airedale Hospital and Community Charity lanyard, holding three different advent calendars, all varying shades of blue. To his right, a woman with blonde tied-up hair and glasses, holding up two different advent calendars partially covering her face, wearing lilac scrubs. To her right, a woman wearing glasses, a Santa hat, a dark blue jumper displaying the white Yorkshire Rose, with text on it that says: “Have a very good Christmas,” and a medal around her neck, holding two different advent calendars. To her right, a woman with dark hair in a pony-tail, wearing lilac scrubs, holding three different advent calendars. Behind her is a woman with dark hair, wearing a Santa hat and a white jumper, holding up one advent calendar. To her right and in front of her, a woman with dark hair in a pony-tail, wearing blue scrubs and glasses, holding up three different advent calendars. At the centre of the group, a young child with brown hair in two plaits holding a board depicting the Airedale Hospital and Community Charity logo.

Far left: Andrew Gold, Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Middle right: Nicky Shoesmith, President of Skipton Rotary Club. Middle right: Maria Barrick, Play Specialist on Ward 17. Back right: Laura Hepworth, Community Fundraiser at Airedale Hospital and Community Charity. Centre: A young patient on the ward.

Skipton Rotary Club has gifted 80 Advent Calendars to children currently staying on Ward 17 at Airedale General Hospital.

They visited the hospital on 28 November to gift them in person, donning Santa hats and putting smiles on the faces of the young patients.

Nicky Shoesmith, President of Skipton Rotary Club, said:

“The past Skipton Rotary President, Mike Thornett, initiated this seasonal tradition, and again we have asked our members to think of the children who are spending the festive season in hospital.

“We are so delighted to be able to bring some Christmas cheer to them this year, and we hope that through these advent calendars, we can make their stay over Christmas that much more enjoyable.”

Laura Hepworth, Community Fundraiser at Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, said:

“Skipton Rotary Club are long-time supporters of ours, and we are so thankful for their generosity.

“They never fail to bring festive joy to our Children’s Ward every Christmas, and it’s truly magical to see.”

For more information about Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, contact the Charity office at anhsft.charity@nhs.net, or by telephone at 01535 294870.

For more information about Skipton Rotary Club, click here to visit their website.