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CABINET SECRETARY FOR HEALTH PLAYS SANTA AT ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN

December 12, 2013 11:56 AM

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Children from the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill got an early Christmas treat today when the Cabinet Secretary for Health visited the hospital with Xmas presents.

The toys, donated by Rae Mitchell, were handed out by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health.  Mr Neil joined Rae, who has been a long-term supporter of the Schiehallion Ward, handed out presents to children in the Schiehallion Ward and Schiehallion Day Care Unit. 

Rae raises money throughout the year by undertaking various fundraising activities and supplies toys at Christmas for the children undergoing treatment.

Mr Neil met Jean Kirkwood, Senior Charge Nurse, Schiehallion Ward who introduced him to the children on the ward.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said: “No-one wants to be in hospital at Christmas time and it can be particularly hard for children and their families.

“I’ve first hand seen the difference that Ray’s efforts make at Yorkhill – she really does bring a ray of sunshine into the Schiehallion Ward each year.

“The work that is done by staff and volunteers at children’s hospitals across the country helps to ensure Christmas on the wards is made as festive as possible for those children who are unable to go home for Christmas.”

Kevin Hill, Director of Women and Children’s Directorate added:  “We are delighted the Cabinet Secretary could take time out of his busy schedule to present some of the children in hospital with Xmas gifts.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributes gifts and financial donations to the hospital.  It allows us to do all we can to make the children’s time in hospital as special as possible over the festive season.

“These children have to endure a lot during their time in hospital and it is good when they can have some fun opening presents. “

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Photo:  Rae Mitchell is pictured with some of the children and Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

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