Leo’s Appeal for children’s funds

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Young Milton Keynes Hospital patients could benefit from a range of improvements, with a new charity appeal launched this month.

Leo’s Appeal, named after mascot Leo, is hoping to raise £200,000 to brighten the time spent in hospital for babies, children and their families.

The funds raised will be used to make enhancements to children’s services at the hospital such as refurbishing ward areas, create fun sensory rooms and also enhance the facilities for parents.

Money will also be raised for additional play equipment to keep the younger patients entertained.

Leo’s Appeal was launched with a quiz night, involving almost 50 staff members and public supporters.

Now Leo will be a regular feature in and around the city when he starts making public appearances.

The new appeal has already raised over £2,000 thanks to support from ID Medical Group in Wolverton, Kingston Centre and Midsummer Place Shopping Centre.

Children’s Ward Manager Sister Alison Turner said of the appeal: “Leo’s Appeal is a local appeal with the potential to benefit thousands of local children and families.

“Some patients will be with us for just a day, others for months at a time – and we want to make sure that every child and family has the best experience possible.

“All the money raised will fund items that we couldn’t ordinarily afford.

“Those special items and refurbishments that enable us to go above and beyond for children and their families. It will make a huge difference.”