Tayside Children’s Hospital was overwhelmed with four generous donations after posting a Facebook appeal to find a missing iPad.
Ward 29 noticed an iPad Air in a purple case had gone missing from the high dependency unit and asked anyone who had visited the ward to check any bags or holdalls in case it had been accidentally picked up.
The iPad had been donated to the ward and was particularly popular with the children in high dependency as they often spend longer spells in their beds. The iPad had a nice selection of games on it and provided a much needed distraction to the children.
Within hours of the appeal being posted, a number of people had offered to help by donating second hand iPads or fundraising to purchase new devices for the ward.
Gill Milne and Blair Giacchetto from ECF Welding and Fabrication donated a brand new iPad to senior charge nurse Catherine Borland and patients Lois McCarroll, Lennox Mangan and Ann-Margaret Whyte.
Catherine also accepted a second hand iPad from Menzieshill resident Arthur Hayburn. Arthur had recently bought a new iPad and wanted to pass on his other one to the ward to help make it a bit easier for the children during their hospital stay.
Kirstie Lawson, who is a child nursing student at University of Dundee, also donated a second hand iPad.
Kirstie has experienced firsthand how important these devices can be and so popped in to the ward to hand over the iPad to staff nurse Russel Ziton.
Dundee woman Audrey Glen began a fundraising campaign on Facebook, taking donations from others who were keen to help. She raised enough to purchase a brand new iPad which she gave to senior charge nurse Samantha Russell and FY2 Dr Jack Kildare.
Catherine Borland said, “On behalf of Tayside Children’s Hospital I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has offered to help replace our missing iPad.
“We are over the moon with these donations and are so touched by the generosity of local people. These iPads will be very much appreciated by the children in our wards.”