An EGG-CELLENT Easter for Patients in the Ulster Hospital14th April 2023
Patients in the Ulster Hospital were in for a treat this Easter period as a generous number of Easter eggs and treats were donated.
Thirteen year old Jasmine Walker, from Dundonald, donated an amazing 210 chocolate eggs to the Children’s Unit and the Paediatric Assessment & Treatment Unit (PATU) in the Emergency Department, Ulster Hospital. Jasmine started off this wonderful tradition seven years ago, when she was just 6 years old after asking her mum, Margaret if the Easter Bunny delivered Easter eggs to all of the sick children in hospital. She then decided from there that she wanted to start collecting and donating eggs to the local hospitals, to be able to give sick children something to enjoy over Easter.
This year Jasmine set herself the target of donating 2000 eggs however she managed to collect and donate an amzing 2307 Easter eggs succeeding her original target! Jasmine delivered Easter eggs to a total of eight hospitals across Northern Ireland and also to the Children’s Hospice.
Jasmine said, “No matter how many eggs I am able to donate, I know that this little treat will give children who are in hospital a smile and it makes me happy knowing that someone somewhere will appreciate these donations.”
Another kind donation of Easter treats was made by Kirkwoods Funeral Directors in Newtownards to the Paediatric Unit in the Ulster Hospital. These treats were given to children, young people and their families spending Easter in hospital as well as providing cupcakes for staff to enjoy, to recognise the amazing care that they provide.
Janine Watton from Kirkwoods said, “ We were overwhelmed with the generosity of all family, friends and colleagues who kindly donated Easter eggs to our appeal and we wish to express thanks to all of the families that donated. We would also like to thank Sharon Pauley and the team, who kindly helped us to arrange this wonderful donation. We wish everyone well and hope they enjoyed their Easter treat.”
Health Play Specialist, Sharon Pauley who accepted the donations on behalf of the Paediatric Unit, added, “I want to give my thanks to both Jasmine and Kirkwoods Funeral Directors for thinking of us here in the Paediatric Unit and for these wonderful donations of Easter eggs and treats, which we distributed throughout the Paediatric Unit and PATU.
“Thank you so much for your generosity from all of us, it is just wonderful to give all of the children, young people and their families something to smile about, while in hospital over the Easter period.”