Customers at Sicklesmere pub bring Christmas cheer to children at West Suffolk Hospital

Paul Harrison and Beckie Hartley donate around 200 gifts to the Rainbow Ward. L-R, Beckie Hartley (Rushbrooke Arms assistant manager) and Harry Hartley-Griffiths, George Cox, Dawn Dorrington (ward manager), Paul Harrison (Rushbrooke Arms manager), Rebecca Goodwin (Rushbrooke Arms assistant manager) and Nicky Goodwin (nursery nurse) ANL-151224-100917001
Paul Harrison and Beckie Hartley donate around 200 gifts to the Rainbow Ward. L-R, Beckie Hartley (Rushbrooke Arms assistant manager) and Harry Hartley-Griffiths, George Cox, Dawn Dorrington (ward manager), Paul Harrison (Rushbrooke Arms manager), Rebecca Goodwin (Rushbrooke Arms assistant manager) and Nicky Goodwin (nursery nurse) ANL-151224-100917001
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Team members from the Rushbrooke Arms in Sicklesmere have visited West Suffolk Hospital to deliver gifts to children on the Rainbow Ward following a Christmas presents appeal.

The pub had been asking for toys for the children since November and more than 200 gifts were donated by the pub’s customers.

Paul Harrison, the pub’s manager, decided to do something for the children’s ward after his deputy manager, Beckie Hartley, gave birth in October to Harry, who was four weeks premature and born with respiratory difficulties, which meant he needed to spend some time in hospital.

While Harry was in hospital, his parents were able to stay with him and they were very grateful for the support given to them by the Rainbow Ward team.

Both Paul and Beckie, along with Harry, donated the sacks of toys and a Christmas tree to the ward on Thursday, December 17, where they met nurses and seven month old Riley and teenager George, who are currently staying at the hospital.

Talking about his customers’ generosity, Paul said: “The gifts were well received and we would like to thank all of our customers for their kindness and generosity.

“After Harry was born, we wanted to give something back to the hospital, and our customers and local residents have all been very supportive. We have decided to have the Rainbow Ward as our first ever chosen-charity, which means all money raised by our team and customers in 2016, will be equally split between Greene King’s corporate charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the children’s ward.”

Sue Smith, fundraising manager of West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “We were delighted to welcome staff from the Rushbrooke Arms to the Rainbow Ward.

“They are great supporters of their local hospital and their kind and generous donations gave our youngest patients a lift at this time of year.

“Thank you to everyone who donated presents and to the Rushbrooke Arms for organising such a thoughtful initiative this Christmas.”