Paediatrics donation.jpgA mother of twins took on a 10-mile-run to buy toys for the children’s community nursing (CCN) team at Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

Cara Crahart was inspired to take on the Great South Run to raise funds for new toys as her twins, Freya and Jacob, have home injections every week and are supported by the CCN team.

Cara said: “The children community nurses have been absolutely invaluable and have made a huge difference to our lives.

“They always go above and beyond to help all of the children they care for, whether that is bringing toys or using special cartoon plasters. It’s all these little things that make the difference and really help us.

“We have raised £500, which will all go towards toys to ease children’s anxieties around injections.”

Hannah Hiscock, community children's nurse at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, said: “They have chosen so many wonderful toys, games, books, stickers, plasters and devices, which will really help the children we see.
“They have also purchased a football table for the children’s outpatient department to give older children something to do whilst waiting for appointments or blood tests.
“We are so grateful for these kind donations and know that there are so many children we visit in the community who will benefit from the gifts.”