Patients at The James Cook University Hospital will never be short of reading material thanks to the WHSmith Books for Hospital initiative.
Representatives from the WHSmith store at the Middlesbrough hospital visited a number of wards and departments on Monday to hand over an impressive mountain of books worth more than £1,000.
The hospital also received a box of 20 Kobo WiFi eReaders which come with 100 classic titles preloaded and have adjustable font sizes.
Among those benefitting from the generous donation were the children’s wards, the spinal injuries unit, the chemotherapy day unit, cardiothoracic services and the renal dialysis unit.
Cathy Brammer, clinical matron for the children’s ward said: “It’s a fantastic initiative and one which will be used and enjoyed by many of our patients and their families.”
This summer, WHSmith Trust and PLC are donating books to 10 hospitals across the UK. Now in its third year, the WHSmith Books for Hospital initiative will deliver over 3,000 books in total this summer across 10 of the hospitals in which WHSmith has a store.
The WHSmith Trust is an independent charity that aims to promote literacy and support the local communities in which WHSmith staff and customers live and work.
Deborah Morrow, manager of the WHSmith store at James Cook said: “We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support our local hospital and help to improve library facilities for patients and staff. It’s a great way for the staff at WHSmith to get involved with their local community and help promote literacy.”