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Thursday 22 February 2018
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Generous children donate toys to the PANDA unit

Generous primary school children donated more than 200 toys to young patients being treated at Salford Royal’s Panda unit.


The kind-hearted children from Irlam Primary School, in Salford, bought new gifts for all age ranges and wrapped them up ready to be donated.


Elaine Darwin, headteacher at Irlam Primary School, said “Our children are very caring and considerate. Each class from Nursery to Year 6 decided to donate gifts in the hope they would bring a smile to a young patient who may not be feeling at their best.”


Irlam Primary school PANDA donations

The idea to donate to the Panda unit was part of the ‘A Gift for Every Child’ initiative by education recruitment agency Vision for Education. Alistair Dermit, Recruitment Consultant for Vision, said: “Vision is proud to be involved in such a heart-warming project and would be delighted to help whenever possible in the future.”

The toys have now been handed over to the children’s paediatric observation and assessment unit (Panda) in Salford Royal’s A&E to be given to patients in the coming weeks.

Rachel Baird, Panda Unit manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Irlam Primary School for donating such a huge amount of toys.

“To be able to hand over a surprise gift to a young person who may be feeling poorly or upset will make a huge amount of difference and I am sure it will help to brighten up their day.”