Easter Gift Appeal for Great Ormond Street Cancer wards
Thursday 18th April 2019
Welcome to our Easter Gift Appeal for the Oncology Ward at GOSH.
This will be our 2nd year delivering gifts to all the very brave children who are on the Elephant, Lion & Giraffe Ward.
You may wonder why we choose gifts over Easter Eggs ?
Being a mum who spent nearly two years on the cancer ward with my son Mitchell and spending two Easters isolated in a room I came to realise that there needed more doing in putting smiles on the faces of our children.
We would see hundreds of Easter eggs being delivered to the hospital for the children to eat. But this to us felt unfair to those children who were unable to eat them. Many children receiving treatment for cancer are fed via a Nasal Gastric tube…..
Majority of the children on the cancer ward are inpatients receiving chemotherapy, and as you may know, chemotherapy makes children very sick. Many children cannot eat at all because they may get a side affect called Mucositis.
This is when their mouth or gut is sore and inflamed. It’s a common side effect of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It can be very unpleasant, but usually stops in a few weeks.
Also chocolate has very high levels of sugar, in which is not encouraged with children who have tumours as we know how much tumours thrive on sugar.
I hope this information helps ….
The nurses and Doctors on the ward are so happy that we are seeking donations of gifts instead of Easter Eggs.
There are around 30 rooms in total that we will be delivering to. The age ranges from Newborn to 12 years.
The long day’s spent cooped up inside the 4 walls can feel suffocating. The carers of the child need things to help pass the long days away with their child, so we would encourage craft gifts, Books, Gadgets or a cuddly toy or musical gift for a baby. Something for the slightly older who are going into teenage years too ie (Gift card).
We really appreciate every single donation received