Published May 22, 2017 at 9:52
Elderly patients at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital received a surprise visit from a group of young well-wishers who put smiles on their faces by presenting more than 40 gifts.
Twenty children, aged 7 to 13, from Noorul Islam Madrassa in Audley Range called in to three wards to hand over gifts during a visit organised by the hospital’s Muslim Chaplain, Fazlurrehman Hassan.
Mr Hassan said:
These campaigns where warmth, closeness and togetherness are shared between young and old people are important not only to bring a smile to the patient’s faces, but also to help strengthen community and race relations and build bridges between faiths and communities.
The children, who purchased all the gifts with their own money, were given a warm welcome by patients and ward staff.
Lorraine Mogra, Junior Sister on Ward B24 who accompanied the children during their visit, said:
It was a pleasure to have Noorul Islam at the hospital visiting patients and donating presents.
We want to thank the children and Noorul Islam Madrassa for bringing happiness and joy. The children’s generosity brought a tear to the eye of more than one patient and everyone on the wards was delighted.
The children spent 60 minutes on the Wards, chatting to patients and staff and delivering ‘comfort packs’ containing toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, face cloth and deodorant.
Tayyab Sidat, public relations officer at Noorul Islam Madrassa, said:
The children really enjoyed visiting Royal Blackburn Hospital and loved meeting the patients. It’s not nice being in hospital and it was lovely to be able to cheer them up and give some gifts.