“We would like to exceed last year’s toy total and need the help of our customers, and indeed anyone in the local community, to help us achieve our goal. We are keen to encourage local groups such as sports clubs or social groups to get involved and would ask anyone interested in supporting our appeal to get in touch,” said Mike Hobbs, Natwest Truro Branch Manager.
The team at Natwest set up the appeal for toys as they were keen to support the hospital and with many staff, customers, friends and family having children cared for at the hospital you get to see the hard work that is put in by the teams there.
“We are keen to be able to benefit out local communities – it is so nice to support something where you can really see the difference being made,” added Roslyn Heath, Natwest Penzance Branch Manager.
Faye Hill, Play Specialist at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro explained what a difference the donated toys can make to their patients and families,
“Being able to give a small toy to a child that may have come in for a procedure or might be staying in hospital over Christmas is such a nice gesture and can really cheer them up. Last year we were able to spread the toys out across the hospital and some were even given to out to social care which was fantastic to be able to do.”
“We keep some of the smaller toys in a treasure chest and children that may have been in for a procedure such as a blood test or the removal of stitches can be really encouraged byt the prospect of choosing a toy!” Ms Hill added.
Due to the quantity of toys donated in last year’s Natwest appeal, the children’s team have been able to give toys not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
Donated toys need to be brand new and unwrapped and the hospital would like toys for all age groups from 0 up to 15.
“Often the very youngest and oldest children are missed out, it can be tricky to think of what to donate for a teenager but items such as adult colouring pads and pens or crayons, smellies and beauty sets are very much appreciated and of course for the younger children age appropriate toys would be amazing!” added Karen Murrish, Fundraising Manager for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.
Toys can be donated at any of the following Natwest Branches in Cornwall: Penzance, St Ives, Camborne, Helston, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, Wadebridge, Liskeard, Bodmin, St Austell, Bude, Holsworthy and the Mobile Bank . Donation boxes will be in the branches from 1st November until 15th December to allow for the toys to be delivered in time for Christmas.
Anyone that would like to find out more about the Natwest Toy Appeal can contact Mike Hobbs, Branch Manager at Natwest in Truro firstname.lastname@example.org or Roslyn Heath, Branch Manager at Natwest in Penzance Roslyn.Heath@Natwest.com or the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity on 01872 252858 or email RCHT.Charity@nhs.net.