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Hereford Academy students pay Christmas visit to children’s ward

Students from The Hereford Academy made their traditional visit to Hereford County Hospital’s children’s ward this week.

Five students studying childcare at The Hereford Academy enjoyed talking and handing out gifts to the children in hospital during Christmas.  They also spent time finding out about the care and treatment available in the hospital for young patients.  

Seven year old patient, Sophie (pictured below), said: “I enjoyed the visit and it was a nice surprise to get presents, slippers, socks and a notepad”. 

Sasha Edwards, student at The Hereford Academy, added: “The smile on the children’s faces warms everyone’s heart and it made me feel quite emotional.  The whole experience was so rewarding and it was nice to meet all the lovely children and babies on the ward”. 

Tammy Moss, NVQ tutor at The Hereford Academy, said: “This year the students have gone the extra mile in raising money for Christmas presents.  They have baked cakes, organised a competition for ‘name the dog’ and worked tirelessly to purchase gifts for the children.   As their tutor I am delighted and proud of their achievements.  It has been a wonderful experience for them and they are a credit to The Academy”

Stacy Edwards, play specialist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, commented: “We’re very pleased to welcome The Hereford Academy students back to the children’s ward to help us celebrate Christmas. 

“Their visit has helped to bring early festive cheer to the children currently being cared for on the ward, and on Christmas day we know the children in hospital will be delighted to open these donated gifts”.


Below left to right: Caitlin Field, Sasha Edwards, Sophie (patient), Layla Hibbard, Amelia Lewis and Molly Bateman

Below Left To Right Caitlin Field Sasha Edwards Sophie Layla Hibbard Amelia Lewis And Molly Bateman

Below left to right: Amelia Lewis, Ella (cousin) holding baby Darcie (patient), and Sasha Edwards.

Below Left To Right Amelia Lewis Ella Holding Baby Darcie And Sasha Edwards


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Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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