Co-op Gedling has today returned to the Queen’s Medical Centre as it donated £2,711 worth of shopping for the children’s wards in time for Christmas. This follows a delivery for £6,969 last December.
Led by Co-op Gedling Road, 17 stores in the supermarket giant’s local network teamed together to raise money for the children’s wards. From raffles and cake baking to Christmas jumper days and change buckets at the tills, the shops were able to raise £2711 this month. Deb Bradley, Store Manager of Co-op Gedling Road co-ordinated the campaign with local fundraiser, Sarah Benedek.
“After we saw the difference we were able to make last year, it was a no brainer to try and help again this year. Sometimes, life gets in the way but I’m so pleased we were able to raise such a large amount again,” says Ms Bradley.
Sarah Benedek worked with Deb Bradley and the play specialists at QMC to devise a list of items that the Children’s Hospital needs and to co-ordinate the festive delivery. Items delivered included six televisions, portable DVDs players, craft and activity bundles and various gift vouchers.
They were delivered today (December 23) at 1pm – just in time for Christmas.
Samantha Ward, Play and Development Leader of Children’s Oncology Unit at Nottingham Children’s Hospital (QMC) said: “This is an amazing amount of money and we are very grateful that Co-op thought of us. The items requested will be used with patients to keep the children occupied while receiving treatment in hospital.”