Building society donates £1,800 to help make children smile during hospital visits

Children being cared for in a new hospital department will benefit from a generous donation from Darlington Building Society.

The Society has donated £1,800 to be spent on toys and sensory equipment in the new paediatric emergency department, which is to open imminently at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

The donation comes from the Society’s 5% Pledge, in which five per cent of its annual profits are donated to good causes in the community.

Jane Carr, Matron of Unscheduled Care for Darlington, said: “It’s amazing and is going to make such a difference to the children, helping to distract them from being in a hospital environment, and we can’t thank Darlington Building Society enough.”

Pat Chambers, manager of the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust charity, added: “In line with every other charity, our income has been severely impacted during the pandemic, and knowing we have the support of the community and businesses like Darlington Building Society means so much.

“Because toys are not classed as being essential to patient care, they are not covered by the NHS budget, so this really is a massive boost. Children naturally become attached to toys, so supporting the paediatric department in this way is an ongoing need.”

Caroline Bailey, Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Darlington Building Society, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help one of our local hospitals through our five per cent pledge in a way that is clearly going to make a difference to families going through a difficult time.”

The new bespoke paediatric emergency department, represents a major investment by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information about our 5% Pledge visit “Our Community” on the website today.