Gift joy for children after Doncaster hospital raid

Pictured at the presentation, from left to right are: Dawn Pearman, Staff Nurse, the Children's Ward; James Whitfield and his daughter Dena-Jo aged 11 years.
Pictured at the presentation, from left to right are: Dawn Pearman, Staff Nurse, the Children's Ward; James Whitfield and his daughter Dena-Jo aged 11 years.
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SAD faces have turned to smiles on the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary thanks to a patient’s generous dad.

Roofing contractor Jim Whitfield was so upset when he was told a popular computer game had been stolen by a visitor he promptly paid for a new one.

His 11-year-old daughter Dena-Jo is not able to play with the new Wii game because she has since been discharged from hospital - but she still wanted the donation to be made.

Jim, of Edenthorpe-based firm The Roof Doctor, was visiting Dena-Jo on the Children’s Ward a couple of weeks ago when he heard that a Wii, much-loved by the young patients, had gone missing.

And after seeing the children’s sad faces, big-hearted James decided to buy a new one and donate it to the ward.

He said: “As soon as Dena-Jo asked why anybody would do something like that I decided to replace it. I think it was worth it to make it up to the kids who couldn’t play with it.

“The staff have told me they’re going to keep it under lock and key now but they shouldn’t have to do something like that.

“The staff told me I’d be surprised by what went missing from the ward but they don’t know what sort of person is visiting the patients.

“Dena-Jo is back home now but she was pleased to go back and hand over the new Wii and see the other children happy again.”

Staff say playing with toys and games including Wii is especially important in hospitals because it has a crucial role in helping ill children to cope with what is happening to them and supports their recovery.

The Wii is particularly popular, with feedback from children showing it is top of their wish-list when asked what kinds of toys and games they would like on the ward.

Andrea Bliss, Matron for Children’s Services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that James and his daughter Dena-Jo have generously donated this fantastic Wii Sport Resort to the Children’s Ward.

“These types of games are very popular with the children and I know they were very disappointed when the other Wii went missing.

“Thanks to James and Dena-Jo, the children now have a new Wii, which will certainly be well used, bringing lots of fun and enjoyment.”