23 December 2016
Selfless boys to bring Christmas joy to cancer ward
On Christmas day morning brothers Joshua and Noah Kirwan-Thomas
will be delivering hampers and festive cheer to patients at City
Unlike most children their age, who would ordinarily be
unwrapping their own gifts, the eight and 11 year olds have
selflessly decided to visit the oncology ward to give the patients
a memorable Christmas.
Joshua and Noah's mother Rhiannon is a newly qualified nurse at
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and volunteered to
work on the ward on Christmas day.
Rhiannon, from Calverton, said: "I'm extremely proud of the boys
for wanting to do this. They understand why these patients need
continued care and why it's important for me to work on Christmas
day. Instead of making a fuss they've thought about the needs of
others and how they could help spread a little festive cheer.
"They've gone to a lot of effort to organise the gift hampers.
With a little assistance from their older sister Nia they sent
handwritten letters to 17 businesses asking them to donate various
items. They've helped to put the 18 hampers together, decorated
each one and will be coming to the ward on Christmas morning to
give them to the patients."
Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse at NUH, added: "Joshua and Noah
are very special boys and I would like to thank them and the
Kirwan-Thomas family personally for this tremendous effort and for
wanting to spread goodwill to our patients. This is a wonderful
gesture and highlights the support our amazing staff receive from
their families. We try to ensure that any patient who is able to go
home at Christmas makes it home for the celebrations, however,
there are some patients, such as those on Fraser Ward, who will
need to remain as an inpatient for the holidays due to their
ongoing treatment. Receiving a thoughtful gift like this will make
a huge difference to these patients on Christmas day."