Sainsbury's Toy Donation
New toys for Tameside Hospital's children's unit
20 March 2012

Staff working in Tameside Hospital’s new children’s unit admit they are just as excited about the arrival of a new batch of toys, as their patients.

The state-of-the-art new children’s unit has just had delivery of a collection of new toys and games, thanks to the generosity of staff and customers of Sainsbury’s in Ashton.

A two-year local fundraising drive by Sainsbury’s has seen more than £1,000 raised for the hospital with customers, colleagues and staff donating money for the children’s unit at Tameside Hospital.

A name the teddy competition, a non-uniform day, a sandwich day and various prize raffles were just some of the fundraising activities held by the local store.

One of the toys purchased with the money is a Playmobil Hospital, which now takes pride of place in the children’s outpatient area.

Sainsbury’s Donna Walsh said she was really pleased to have raised so much for the hospital and can’t wait to see what the fundraising has bought.

Tameside Hospital’s Manager of Children’s services Stephen McLaughlin said: “This is a very generous donation and we are really grateful for the staff and customers who have supported this fundraising. We see some very poorly children coming through our doors here at Tameside Hospital and these extra toys really help brighten up our wards and outpatient areas.”

“I am particularly pleased to have the Playmobil Hospital, as I always thought this would fit in perfectly in our new building – it really does look fantastic!”