Children of Jannah – a charity supporting bereaved parents and families – will be paying a surprise visit to The James Cook University Hospital today to deliver toys to the children’s ward.
The toy drive follows a sponsored walk organised by the charity which took place at Hardwick Hall Country Park, County Durham.
Today the volunteers will deliver colourful gift bags filled with new toys to the youngsters on the children’s wards at the Middlesbrough hospital.
Hafizah Ismail, founder of Children of Jannah, said: “We would like to thank our volunteers for their efforts and everyone who donated. Your generosity will make a difference to children at the hospital, helping to put a smile on their faces.”
Pippa Smith, ward manager said: “It’s fantastic that Children of Jannah have donated all these gifts. They really will make an enormous difference to our young patients and make their hospital stay much nicer.”
Launched in May 2011, Children of Jannah was founded to exclusively support families following the death of a child. Believing that children who pass away enter Paradise, or Jannah as it is known in Arabic, is a key message used in helping bereaved parents and families.
The charity provides books, articles and a support network and organises fundraising events to support sick children, as well as bereaved parents.
Volunteer Muniza Rasheed said: “Children of Jannah is a wonderful charity and has helped me immensely in putting me in contact with other mothers who have gone through similar devastation of losing a child. For me, it has removed the isolation that a bereaved parent feels.”
Following the successful sponsored walk for James Cook the team at Children of Jannah plan to support other similar units across the UK through fundraising campaigns.