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BANK’S EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR HOSPITAL TEENAGERS

December 22, 2006 1:39 PM

Christmas has come a few days early for a group of teenagers at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Glasgow, thanks to a generous donation from a national bank.

Lloyds TSB Scotland has given thirty iPod Shuffles to a group of teenage patients at the hospital, to brighten up the festive season for those whose treatment continues through the holidays.

The iPods were distributed to the patients of the RHSC's Youth Services department, which delivers support specially targeted at young people aged between twelve and sixteen, many of them very long-term patients at the RHSC.

Siobhan Smith, Activities Co-ordinator for Young People at the RHSC, says any treats are especially welcome to their patients: "We help support the young people through their treatment at the hospital and try to make sure that they have a full life while they're in hospital.

"Our patients suffer from conditions like cystic fibrosis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and leukaemia and so they often have to be in hospital for a very long time and their needs are quite different once they hit adolescence and they aren't small children any more. Having an early Christmas present like an iPod will really make Christmas special for them, and we're all very grateful."

Lloyds TSB Scotland's Business Development Manager for Glasgow, Kevin McLaughlin, said: "It's great to know that these gifts are going to such deserving youngsters.We hope the iPods will bring some additional cheer for Christmas and provide their new owners with some entertainment on the wards."

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