Toy cars ease operation fears on children's ward

Going into surgery can be daunting for anyone, let alone a youngster, so a family have made a fun donation to Wigan Infirmary's children's ward to make the trip a little less scary.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 10:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:49 am
(l-r) Rachel McGrory, Megan Whitton with Georgina Whitton with staff and patients from Rainbow Ward

Megan Whitton decided to raise funds after daughter Georgina spent six days on Rainbow Ward at just three days old after suffering a dangerous drop in her blood sugar levels.

As a thank you, the Pemberton 30-year-old, family and friends, held a Rainbow Raffle evening at the Two Left Feet Tap & Brewery in Haigh Hall with prizes donated by local businesses from the borough.

The evening was a resounding success raising a total of £532. With the money raised, the family bought two electric cars, that will be used to make the journey to surgery and to treatment rooms, that little bit less dauting, while also providing a boost to the ward’s Teenzone Appeal.

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Megan said: “Georgina was rushed to A&E by our midwife at three days old which was incredibly scary for my husband, Alex, and I – especially as first time parents. However, she has recovered incredibly well and now you wouldn’t know she had ever needed that extra help that she received.

“We were incredibly lucky that all the staff and community support we had were the very best we could have hoped for, but we still think of the families with children on Rainbow Ward all the time, and wanted to help.”

Megan and her sister, Rachel McGrory, who works at the trust and helped to organise the evening, visited ward to present the cars and brought along baby Georgina to say hello to the staff.