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Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust receives gift in the world’s biggest Pass the Parcel


Patients at the Royal Devon and Exeter witnessed the arrival of the world’s biggest Pass the Parcel attempt yesterday (15 June), as the charity Make-A-Wish Foundation UK attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest Pass the Parcel.


The charity are visiting 25 hospitals over the course of ten days, with each unwrapping a layer of the parcel and receiving a special gift. The RD&E has received a new laptop computer which will benefit the young patients on Bramble ward.


The enormous parcel was received by Consultant Paediatrician Corinne Hayes and local youngsters Katie Zaple-Davies and Ryan Batten, who had their wishes granted by Make a Wish whilst they were patients at the hospital. Consultant Paediatrician Corinne Hayes with Wish children Katie Zaple-Davies and Ryan Batten


Corinne Hayes commented:  “Make-A-Wish has been a great support to so many children and families in our area over the past 25 years. Having a treat to look forward to has provided a healthy distraction for the children. They are rightly made to feel special and we love hearing all their stories. These have included trips to Euro-Disney, helicopter flights, meeting favourite celebrities and ‘driving’ a train.  


“We hope that many more children will benefit in the coming years thanks to the ongoing fundraising efforts.”


Neil Jones, Make-A-Wish Chief Executive, comments: “Since 1986, we have had a single purpose: to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.


“The ‘Pass the Parcel’ tour is a fantastic way of delivering a wish in a very special way to children, hospices and hospitals around the nation. It’s our way of saying thank you to all those people who have helped and, of course, put the smiles back on the faces of the young people who have been through so much.”

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