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WHSmith brightens up patientsí time in hospital this autumn


Young patients on Bramble Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have received a large donation of arts and craft materials from WHSmith to brighten up their stay in hospital.


Over the past three years the WHSmith Trust and WHSmith PLC have donated thousands of books and craft kits to 30 hospitals across the UK to support patient care. The books and craft kits are being used by hospital trusts to supplement existing patient resources, or to create new libraries, both for children and adults.


At the RD&E, WHSmith’s donation will be split between the Bramble Playroom and the Bramble Short Stay School.


Sarah Haywood, Paediatric Senior Nurse at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that WHSmith has chosen the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital to make this donation.  It is a fantastic initiative and one which will be used and enjoyed by many of our patients and their families.”


Research has shown that art and crafts activities can have significant health benefits for patients young and old, enhancing patient care and aiding recovery. However many hospitals in the UK rely entirely on donations and fundraising to be able to offer their patients the opportunity to participate in art and craft activities whilst in hospital.


The WHSmith Trust is an independent charity that aims to promote education, literacy and support the local communities in which WHSmith staff and customers live and work.


Jon Cross, Manager of the WHSmith store in the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital said:


“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to support our local hospital and help to enhance the art and craft provision for patients and staff.  It’s a great way for the staff at WHSmith to get involved with the local community.” 


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