Kind-hearted Young Caravanners have chosen the children’s wards at The James Cook University Hospital as their charity of the year 2015/2016.
The eight youngsters – children of members of North Yorkshire centre of the Caravan Club – aged between 11 and 16, get together most weekends and are planning to do at least six fundraising events during the year.
Young chairman, Lucy Futcher, 16, from Middlesbrough is a patient and was cared for on the ward earlier this year.
Lucy has been chairman for the last three years and she chose the unit to thank the caring staff for the treatment she receives and to give something back to help other children and make their hospital stay a little easier. The youngsters have got their fundraising off to a flying start raising £200 so far.
Lucy’s mum, Geraldine Futcher is North Yorkshire Centre of the Caravan Club’s teenage liaison officer and Geraldine and husband Andrew are keen caravanners.
Katie Hand, ward 21 manager, said:”We are grateful to the Young Caravanners and everyone who is supporting them for helping us. It is lovely that they want to help other children in hospital and their support is much appreciated.
“The money they raise will help provide a sensory pain distraction unit for use on the children’s wards which helps to reduce stress and anxiety, encourage relaxation, reduce boredom and provide a distraction from clinical treatments making them less traumatic for sick children of all ages.”