Staff and children at a Cardiff nursery have collected more than 200 gifts and Easter eggs to give to youngsters at the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales.
Caerleon Child Care in Llanishen asked parents, children and staff members to make donations of Easter eggs and cuddly toys for the Cardiff hospital’s Land Ward, where they will be delivered by Easter bunny this weekend.
Child care manager Kaye Knox said she was inspired to launch the appeal after her daughter 15-year-old daughter Rhian was hospitalised with suspected appendicitis in the ward at Easter two years ago.
Kaye said: “She was in a severe amount of pain and had to be placed onto a drip which is a frightening experience for any young person who just wants the pain to stop.
“The Easter Bunny came onto the ward and presented her with a simple Cadbury’s Crème Egg but it really made her smile for the first time in days.”
Since then, three other children who attend the nursery have had treatment on the Land Ward.
Kaye said that after the success of their first Easter appeal, the nursery – which looks after 104 children – now plans to collect Christmas gifts and selection boxes to donate to the hospital later in the year, and also hopes to give to other causes in future.
Kaye said: “We have been so emotional over the response and the words of kindness that our parents, carers and staff have made regarding the appeal.
“Our nursery motto is “This is What Makes Caerleon Child Care So Special” and I am proud to say that we really do believe in caring and sharing.”