Margate’s firefighters helped to raise smiles at the children’s ward at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate on Wednesday (16 December 2015) by donating gifts for the children who will be in hospital this Christmas.
Every year, the firefighters collect funds and donations throughout the year for their chosen charities and at Christmas the crews from Margate make their delivery. Previously the crews have supported local children with disabilities and a Thanet animal sanctuary.
This year, firefighters from Margate collected funds to provide over fifty gifts for the hospital-bound youngsters who’ll be spending Christmas in the Rainbow Ward, including dolls, cars, movies and cuddly toys.
Firefighter Kevin Murphy, who co-ordinates the fundraising for Margate Fire Station, said: "Every year we are incredibly humbled by the generosity of the public who help make it possible for us to make Christmas a little bit more special for those less fortunate. We would like to pay tribute to the team at the QEQM Hospital who do a fantastic job caring for our poorly youngsters at this time of year, so hopefully the gifts will help them too. This year we have also been supported by businesses like Tesco Extra at Westwood Cross."
Firefighters also handed over hundreds of Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) family activity sheets for the children to do over the festive period, which includes the chance to win a trip to Margate Fire Station.
Play Leader for The Rainbow Staff Nurse, Lauren Clayson said: "We’re really grateful to Margate Fire Station, there are so many presents to go around and they’ll make such a difference to the children here over Christmas. The crews have already helped so much and they’ve been invited to our Christmas party too."
Kevin added: "We are looking for good causes to help raise funds for throughout 2016; we would welcome suggestions on who we could help next year."
Photo1: Red Watch, Margate (Kevin Murphy kneeling) with 2 year-old Samuel Davies from Margate and his mum Jackie Davies and healthcare assistant Kerrie Stapylton.
Photo2: Red Watch, Margate with healthcare assistant Kerrie Stapylton, staff nurse Caron Alexandrakis and staff nurse Shona Cant holding the new KFRS family activity sheets.