Festive visit for children at Worthing Hospital

Kurt Sleet in bed with Father Christmas and teachers Vicky Miteska and Victoria Purcell
Kurt Sleet in bed with Father Christmas and teachers Vicky Miteska and Victoria Purcell

PATIENTS at Worthing Hospital children’s wards received a sackful of Christmas spirit after a boys’ school organised a festive visit.

Staff from St Andrew’s High School accompanied Father Christmas – the school’s head of science, David Cuthburtson – to give presents to the children and young adults on the Beach and Barn wards, which had been donated by pupils and staff at the school.

They also left a sackful of presents for the children to open on Christmas Day.

The visit was organised by St Andrew’s deputy head teacher, Victoria Purcell, and the Love Your Hospital charity, which raises funds for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, and is currently campaigning to raise £1million for a new cardiac catheterisation laboratory.

Mrs Purcell said: “St Andrew’s is very much aware there are children who are not as fortunate as our own boys and we thought it would be nice to be able to give something to the poorly patients at Worthing Hospital. The staff at St Andrew’s worked hard to collect as many gifts as possible, ensuring we covered the age ranges of the children in the wards.”

Lesley-Anne Lloyd from the Love Your Hospital charity said: “We are very grateful to the school for making such a generous gesture, as we always want to make Christmas as special as it can be for the children who need our hospitals’ care at this time of year.”