A TOY AMNESTY launched by a local building society had resulted
in more than 50 toys being donated to Darlington Memorial
Hospital's Children's Ward.
Newcastle Building Society's (NBS) Darlington branch
launched an appeal to collect donations of children's toys and
teddy bears in a bid to help local children receiving
Clare Smith, customer adviser, decided to try it help the
hospital after she heard that it was in need of children's toys for
the children's ward.
The new toys collected through the branch's campaign will
restock the Children's Ward playroom.
Clare said: "Darlington Memorial Hospital is crucial to our
community so when I heard the Children's Ward would appreciate some
toys I knew we had to help.
"The toys and cuddly toys are so important to the children as
they help make their stay on hospital more comfortable, normal
even. When we visited the hospital to donate the toys we realised
very quickly the positive impact this has made to them.
"Thanks to our generous staff and members we have been able to,
in a small way, make a big difference to those children."
Janet Hughes, Deputy Head of Service for Child Health at
the Hospital, said:" It is great to be part of a community that
cares as much as it does to run campaigns such as this toy drive
with Newcastle Building Society. Due to people's generosity we were
able to make a big impact immediately sharing the toys amongst all
Photographed: Lee Metters, Branch Manager, Clare Smith,
Customer Advisor, Sarah Morley, Play Specialist and Jane Auld, Ward
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community