Children’s Emergency Department thanks local community for donating ‘bravery award’

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The ‘Bravery Awards’ wishlist was posted online last week by pediatric ER sister Sarah Potter so children can receive small gifts to reward their bravery after treatment in the ER. Sarah said: ‘We look after a lot of children who have had a scary accident or injury and need surgery on the ward and I wanted to make the experience of coming to hospital better for them. We already had a stock of stickers, but I wanted to be able to do something more, so I created the online wishlist.

“I was encouraged to share the list on Facebook and it has completely exploded, with over 600 shares and hundreds of posts to date. Since then we have received over 400 packages containing pencils and markers, books coloring sheets, sticker sheets, toys and puzzles.

“We store the gifts in a treasure chest in the children’s emergency department and the children are asked to choose a prize as a reward before they go home or are hospitalized. We hope this will make the emergency department less scary and a positive experience for the children and young people who visit us.

“I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our local community and so grateful for each person who purchased a gift, it will truly make such a difference to our patients.”

Jenni Lee, Sarah’s Manager and Emergency Department Head Nurse, said, “I’m so proud of Sarah and all of our colleagues in the Emergency Department who continually go above and beyond for our patients.

“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to our community for supporting this cause. We are truly touched by the response and excited to see the impact this will have on our young patients.

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