We were greeted by our dear friend Jackie, who was a great support to all of us while Sam was in the ward. Here she is holding a cuddly tiger we brought and which is now going to be a new mascot. We went into the Activity Room and gave out the goody bags to the children. One of the lovely patients we met was Lydia. Lydia has been through an awful time having been diagnosed in July with a form of bone cancer. Osteosarcoma and had a tumour in her ankle, which has meant her leg had to be amputated. However, as can be seen by her photograph after being through all this she still looks beautiful and her strength and courage is something that is constantly in our minds since we met her and her brave mum. Here is Florence, Lydia’s sister with a Sam Pilcher Tiger
After we continued our tour and saw another room that is used for school activities, Sam’s painting is now proudly on display. Here is Max in front of the painting holding another Tiger. In the corner of this room are a collection of books that included the Art books that we took to the hospital on our last visit. Martyn said they may be looking a little dog eared but we are glad as it means they are being used and enjoyed and the Trust will only be too happy to buy new ones when necessary.
We next visited the Primary Oncology Ward where we met younger patients and the play specialist, Jeanette Sevier. She also looked after Sam while he was in hospital and helped to keep his spirits up with play activities, here she is holding some Goodie Bags and a mini tiger. After this we briefly went to the Day Care Unit, dropped in some more Goodie bags and met some Doctors we hadn’t seen for a long time. As the name indicates this unit is for children undergoing treatments and procedures that require a shorter visit.
Finally, our tour finished at the school room where we met some more Teachers from the Hospital School. This is a temporary school room as a new one is currently under construction. Martyn has invited us to visit when its completed.
Here we also met Anna Shepherd, Deputy director of the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal. The Appeal has many wonderful plans to help the hospital. Anna is going to send us a ‘ wish list ‘ for their current plans and we’re going to meet again in the New Year to discuss further.
We left the hospital glowing but absolutely shattered. However, Martyn sent us this lovely email, which confirms how worthwhile our visit was. It has also highlighted how much more there is for Sam Pilcher Trust to do.
Hi Colin / Terasa
Hope you enjoyed your visit here last week. I know that the patients enjoyed the afternoon very much.I was just going to say that I thought I would mention your charity at our Oncology meeting, I was going to point out to the social workers that you had an interest in supporting families as well as resources for the hospital.
I hope that this is okay as I was going to give out your email and it could be that you get call quite soon.