Care packs delivered to hospital patients

Teenage patients at a Norfolk hospital have received care packages gathered by students.

The young people from Fakenham Academy were asked to work in a group to show their financial, communication and time management skills while giving back to the community.

Amy Moakes, an Apprentice Health Play Specialist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, came up with the idea.

And the students came up with the idea of care packages for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital which included lip balm, hand cream, face and eye masks, fidget toys, journals, colouring books and pencils and fluffy socks.

To raise funds, the students held events including a bake sale, disco, penalty shoot-out and non-uniform day with money raised used to purchase the care pack items.

Rachel Savage, who led the enrichment lessons this year, was joined by pupils Kataleah, Scarlett, Chloe and Izzy to deliver the items to the Jenny Lind team.

Mrs Savage said: “The fact that the care packages would be given to teenage patients really resonated with our students. We hope they will bring a smile to someone going through a difficult time.”

Kirstin Skinner, Lead Nurse for Paediatric HDU and Play Team line manager, said: “The play team came up with the idea of care packages for our older children who are sometimes admitted with mental health concerns.

“These children can come in during a crisis and may not have support from their family. We are always looking for items such as these, which can really make a difference to these patients.

“We are so grateful to the students at Fakenham Academy Sixth Form for fundraising and delivering these lovely care packs.”