Have you got a new toy to donate?
Members of the Cornish Pirates rugby team are teaming up with staff from Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCHT) to run a toy appeal for the Clinical Imaging department.
RCHT’s Clinical Imaging service runs across Cornwall, screening both adults and children which can be a daunting experience for everyone. When children have scans they can be very nervous and scared, but the team have one technique that almost always works - to give away a toy! However, as these toys are running out the Cornish Pirates have decided to tackle this problem head on and are asking their supporters to help and donate – to Captain’s Benbow’s Toy Appeal!.
Club captain Chris Morgan, who has a young family, is keen for the club and its supporters to get behind this appeal. Chris has commented: “The generosity of our supporters is always appreciated and a good number will I am sure wish to react and help with this in their usual positive way. It’s a simple request, but one that really will be of help to the young children.”
Katie Giles, Consultant in Radiography, said: “Hospitals are unfamiliar and can be scary for most little ones, but a toy can make all the difference. A simple toy can calm a paediatric patient down or distract them from machines and teams working around them. We are asking people to donate new toys so we can keep making our patients more comfortable and reward them for being brave.”
As well as running Captain Benbow’s toy appeal, a match day collection will take place when the Cornish Pirates play Doncaster Knights at home on Sunday 26th March (ko 3pm). RCHT volunteers will be present during the afternoon to shake their buckets to help buy additional new toys.
Not to delay, it should be noted that in advance of the game supporters can drop toys off at the Cornish Pirates upstairs ticket office in Alexandra Road, Penzance (open Mon-Fri 9am-12noon). Also, on the match day itself, there will be a designated drop off point at the ground.
It is important to note, however, that all toys must be new, with no choking hazards or loose parts.
To find out more, please contact Robyn on 01736 335318.