Porthcawl pupils ensure parents’ home comforts on children’s hospital ward …

Parents spending time at Princess of Wales Hospital’s children’s ward will continue to have as many home comforts and essentials as possible, thanks to a little help from a local school.

The head team of students at Porthcawl Comprehensive School didn’t hesitate to act when they learnt the much-needed fridge freezer in the parents’ room had broken and had yet to be replaced.

Having raised a whopping £5,975 during its recent charities week, the school delivered a replacement to the ward just in time for Christmas.

Alisha John, a member of the head team, said: “Throughout our charities week, we sold tickets for spoof Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Teacher Get Me Out Of Here, which the teachers volunteered for, and also a Womanless Miss World for the sixth form boys.

“More than 15 teachers completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and a Sixth Form party raised over £1,000 alone.

“These events enabled us to send a large portion of the money to the official Children in Need charity but we also made a conscious effort to support the local charities in our community, including the Sandville Self-Help Centre.

“We divided the money and £600 was sent to seven local charities.

“We held some back so that if we needed the money to help any other causes we were able to, and this came in handy when we realised that the Children’s Ward in Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend were in desperate need of a new fridge/freezer in the parents’ room, which we were able to provide for them.

“We all feel it is essential to help out as much as possible, offering all the support we can for these important causes.”

Teacher Angelo Pucella, who has experience of spending time with his own child on the children’s ward, added: “Having had a child admitted to children’s ward on many occasions ,we are always extremely grateful for the care and attention received.

“During a fleeting visit a few weeks ago, we noticed that the fridge that once stood in the parents’ room was gone. It had recently broken down and the ward did not have the funds to replace it quickly.

“The parents’ room is an invaluable resource for anxious parents – a quiet space away from the ward where parents can go to make a phone call or just recharge for a few minutes.

“It has tea and coffee making facilities and had a fridge to keep milk or store some food if you’re staying with your child on the ward.

“As a parent, I know it will be much appreciated.”

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