Surrey Freemasons donate a car and TV to overjoyed children’s ward

Wednesday, 02 October 2019

Surrey Freemasons have donated a donate a miniature motorised car and six new TV/DVD Players to Croydon University Hospital’s ‘Dolphin’ children’s ward

David Candeland and Gary Billington MD (Chairman) of Croydon and District Masonic Halls alongside David Eager (Deputy Chairman) and Mike Kindler (Secretary) of the Surrey Masonic Sports Association were at the hospital on 24th September 2019 to present the TV/DVD Players.

Hospitals can be frightening places for children, as even with the support of family and friends, they can feel isolated and vulnerable. For children in hospital their need is more than love and support they need to be entertained and distracted. So, the electric car and televisions are more than just play-things, they’re a clever way of introducing entertainment and play to take kids’ minds off any nervousness.

Local boy Teddy, aged four, was the first person to unpack the car and give it a thorough test drive.

David Eager said: ‘Surrey Freemasons regularly donate much needed funds for a whole host of different projects in Surrey.  Today really makes a difference to kids’ happiness and that’s what it’s all about. To take their mind off what’s happening.’

Heather Kindler, a staff nurse at Dolphin ward, said: ‘These will make a huge difference for hundreds of our young patients.  Entering an operating theatre at the wheel of a sporty car is fun - completely transforming what could have been a stressful experience. And children really appreciate the distraction of the TVs, especially during long stays.'

Gary Billington said: ‘It was great to see how our donations will be used. I’ve lived in Croydon since I was two and was a patient at this Hospital, so I’ve been keen to give something back. I may ask nicely and see if I can have a drive.’

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