Fun and games will be the order of the day at a Sheffield hospice awarded almost £400 as part of a festive charity campaign.
Good cause Help A Child Have A Chance has donated the money to St Luke’s Hospice, in Whirlow as part of The Star-backed 12 Days of Christmas campaign.
The funds will be used to kit out the site’s new inpatient unit with computer consoles and other activities.
Sue Jackson, trust fundraising manager at the hospice, said: “We are excited after the launch of our new inpatient unit and all 20 beds are now in use, which has made us think about the facilities we offer to young people to keep them entertained, especially if their parents are having a difficult conversation.
“The money from Help A Child Have A Chance means we can provide electronic equipment for youngsters to borrow while visiting the hospice.
“We will also be able to provide family games which could be enjoyed by everyone and help children to enjoy some quality family time with their relative during a very stressful time.”
The hospice has now taken delivery of Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Xbox 360 games consoles, along with Jenga, Connect Four and Domino sets.
In 2012, Help a Child Have a Chance awarded £300 to St Luke’s to purchase ‘bereavement bears’, to use when supporting young children with coping with the terminal illness of a relative.
Trustee Shirley Kilner said: “St Luke’s is a fantastic charity, which we are delighted to support again.
“The hospice touches the lives not only of patients, but their families.
“We saw the incredible difference the teddy bears made to youngsters and we hope the new games can have an even bigger impact.”
The Star has teamed up with the charity to offer young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.
Grants from the charity pot are awarded to individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people who are vulnerable or in need of funding.
Nominations ﬂooded in following an appeal last month and the recipients of the cash are now being revealed.
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