Tiny dancers make donation

Children's unit play tables
Children's unit play tables
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These tiny dancers showed their charitable side and donated a set of play tables for children receiving care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The youngsters from Rarity School of Dance and Drama, based at Lytham St Annes High School, raised a total of £560 at their Christmas show, which has been split between the Children’s Clinic at the hospital and 
Brian House Children’s Hospice in Bispham.

And after speaking with Hospital Play Specialist Leanne Lamb, it was decided the group would spend the hospital’s portion of the money on special play tables for children to use while their parents are speaking with consultants.

Leanne said: “When the school approached us, we said we would like something to go in the consultants’ rooms for the children while their parents are talking about their treatment.

“We are so pleased to receive these wonderful tables, which will truly enhance the children’s experience whenever they have to visit.”

Some of Rarity’s young members were treated to a tour of the Children’s Clinic when they made their donation this week.

Drama Teacher Anna Cross said: “We think this was an important donation for the children to have made, as either they or someone they know is receiving treatment or care at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

“This is the second year we’ve been able to raise money and buy toys for the Children’s Clinic, and it’s a pleasure to have been able to do so.

“These tables will be great for all the children who visit, and it’s nice knowing we’ve done something which will help improve their hospital experience.”

As well as the Children’s Clinic, Rarity has been thanked by Blue Skies Hospitals Fund – the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – for their kind donation.