UNITE makes Christmas special for poorly children

Santa UNITE
UNITE makes Christmas special for poorly children
21 December 2015

REPS from the UNITE union’s Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust branch have thrown a special Christmas party for the poorly children at The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Children’s Department.

Father Christmas made an appearance on 16 December to hand out presents to the children, which were donated by UNITE’s Pennine branch to help bring some festive cheer to the department in the run up to Christmas.

In all 42 presents were handed out to the children and gifts included teddy bears, jigsaws, helicopters, cars and many more types of toys. The union also laid on Christmas party food and drink for the kids to enjoy including sandwiches, crisps, jelly and juice. The children unwrapped their presents and joined in to play before taking a break to tuck into the party food.

The UNITE Pennine branch donated £1,500 towards the presents and food and the remainder was used to purchase educational toys and games for the Children’s Department. The newly purchased items will be put in the play area which will help staff treat the poorly children and keep them entertained while in hospital all year round.

Nigel Pollitt, UNITE rep and branch secretary at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust branch said:

“This was an idea that branch chair Gareth Griffiths and I had during the year. We brought it up at the branch meeting and our members voted unanimously in favour. We wanted to show that unions have a personal side and are not just there for industrial issues. We at UNITE care about our community and care even more about the children, who after all are our future.”

Pictured left to right: Ava and dad Stuart Holmes with Nigel Pollitt (dressed as Santa), UNITE rep and branch secretary at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust branch