Children’s unit boost thanks to volunteers

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SICK children have been given a £210,000 boost by a kind-hearted group of volunteers.

The League of Friends at Blackpool Victoria Hospital has donated the cash to provide a superb new playroom and dining area for the £13.5m Children’s Unit which is set to open fully early in the new year.

It is the latest donation made to the unit by the League of Friends which has already donated almost £1.6m in total for building costs and equipment thanks to some amazing local legacies.

Members of the group were given a preview of the plans and a tour of the site of where the new facility will be situated.

The charity’s chairman, Larry O’Hara, said he was delighted with the progress being made.

He said: “I am delighted the charity could make a further substantial donation to the new unit which will benefit local children for many years to come.

“The new play area will in many ways be the icing on the cake of this wonderful new development.”

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The new facility will comprise of a soft play area, open plan play/dining area with tall glazed wall looking out onto the Stanley Park golf course and a pirate ship themed play frame.

Dr Peter Curtis, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Director for Child Health at the Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to the League of Friends for their latest amazing donation.

“The current children’s wards have been in place since the hospital was built and are in desperate need of modernisation.

“This latest donation will help us to make massive improvements to the facilities we can provide to youngsters and their parents from across the area.

“Once the unit is complete all facilities will be more user-friendly and offer patients the care they deserve in more modern surroundings.”