Media Release

Young people’s projects benefit QEH departments

Users in two areas of the QEH will benefit from projects by thoughtful young people on the National Citizen Service.

Rudham Ward for children has been presented with toys, books and arts materials, and parents and babies in NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit) will benefit from 20 gift boxes of essential products and toys.

The Rudham Ward project, which completed last Friday (Aug 3), was supported by a bingo session.

Team leader Issah Nalzaro said: “As part of our NCS Social Action Project, a team including myself, a team mentor and 14 young participants decided to do a bingo fundraiser night.

“We raised £320 and the money we received we bought the toys/literature/stationery for the young hospitalised people at the QEH.”

Meanwhile, a separate project saw NCS participants pull together gift boxes for newborns and parents.

A bake sale held in the Halifax bank in Wisbech and a JustGiving donations page raised £250 and the proceeds were used to buy products for the gift boxes, such as sleepsuits, creams, nappies and soft toys. The boxes were decorated brightly by the participants before being presented on Monday (Aug 6).

The idea to support NICU came from Katie Flack, a participant who spent time on the unit as a baby.

NCS presentation to NICU
A representation of NCS participants and leaders present the gift boxes to (standing, second left) NICU housekeeper Nicola Miller

Both social action projects were run from King’s Lynn’s College of West Anglia, a hub for NCS, which is a government programme designed to provide young people with challenges and build skills for work and life.

ENDS

Main photo caption: National Citizen Service participants and (front, second left) team leader Issah Nalzaro present the items to Rudham Ward

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