Story time in Rudham Ward thanks to KES pupils

Generous King’s Lynn teenagers ensured that young patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital did not miss out on the magic of World Book Day.

King Edward VII Academy (KES) students Karl Brown, Lauren English, Grace Hemeter and Elysia Durdey read to youngsters on Rudham Ward on Thursday, March 2, as part of the celebrations.

One young patient Evie-Mai Pope, five, had been looking forward to dressing up as Matilda for World Book Day but did not miss out entirely thanks to the story session.

Her mum Becky, of Wisbech, said: “Evie loves books and was disappointed to miss out on World Book Day. This has given her something to look forward to.”

Pupil Karl said: “People of our age do not really participate in World Book Day so this has given us the opportunity to give something back to others.”

Director of Nursing Emma Hardwick has thanked the KES students for supporting the ward. She said: “Children across the country were dressing up as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day. So it meant a great deal for our patients on Rudham Ward to enjoy a taste of the celebrations. I would like to thank KES and the pupils for coming in to brighten the days of our patients.”

Literacy Co-Ordinator, Fiona Ritson, said: “As a school we understand the importance of care in the community, alongside the need to build a love of reading.  Many of the students at KES Academy wish to pursue a career in this industry such as education, medicine or the care industry; with this in mind a group of 6th form students were invited to the QE hospital to read to children on the ward as part of World book day.  The students volunteered for this opportunity to get involved in community work.”

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Pictured, front, are:  Victoria and Harry Saunders, Grace Hemeter and Evie-Mai Pope; back, Elysia Durdey, Lauren English and Elysia Durdey.

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