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Santa's Helpers
Children of NHS Staff meet Santa with the help of Ryde School and WightFibre
28 December 2017

Santa found time in his busy schedule to visit St Mary's hospital, part of Isle of Wight NHS Trust, on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd December to bring joy to the children of our hard working staff. School students helped to build a fabulous grotto for Santa near the Full Circle Restaurant and whilst waiting a visit to the grotto, children were entertained with festive goodies, a Christmas film and colouring. Santa also took the opportunity to visit the Emergency Department and Children’s Ward to ensure that children who were in hospital also received a gift and had the opportunity to ask him what they hoped for on Christmas Day.

Santa’s visit would not have been possible without the excellent organisational skills of Trust Volunteer and Careers Co-ordinator Cathy Armstrong, staff and students from Ryde School with Upper Chine who assisted with making the event a great success and WightFibre who sponsored the presents for children.

Trust Chief Executive Maggie Oldham, who met both students from Ryde School and Santa said: “We’re really pleased that Santa was able once again to pay us a visit. Many of our staff who have young children work long hours. Fitting in a visit to see Santa can be difficult so having him here at St. Mary’s makes life easier. I know that the children (and some of our staff!) had a great time meeting Santa and I want to say a big thank you to Volunteer and Careers Co-ordinator Cathy Armstrong, the staff and students at Ryde School with Upper Chine and WightFibre for their support.”

Pictured left to right are:  Tom Blowers, Ben Attrill, Christina Vince, Harry Elsom, Ariela Richardson and Cathy Armstrong.

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