Volunteers bring Easter cheer to kids

SERV Sussex deliver Easter Eggs to the children's ward of the Conquest Hospital in Hastings
SERV Sussex deliver Easter Eggs to the children's ward of the Conquest Hospital in Hastings
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Members of a charity that provides night-time transportation of blood, blood products and other urgent medical items for hospitals across the county helped deliver a bit of Easter cheer to sick children at the Conquest.

SERV Sussex delivered Easter eggs to the hospital’s Kipling Ward over the holiday.

Just to see the smiles on the faces of the children, their parents and the nurses when we went in with the eggs, made all the effort worthwhile

Russ Green

More than 70 were collected for children, doctors and nurses working on the ward.

Russ Green, from SERV Sussex, said: “The week before Easter SERV Sussex made six urgent deliveries of blood and platelets for two children at the Conquest.

“When I, a member of the Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV), called the children’s ward at the Conquest to ask if the children had received any donated Easter Eggs this year, I was informed that the table on the ward used for donated Easter eggs had only two on it.

“I took it upon myself to rally the troops, using the SERV members page and a biker group on social media. In just three days, more than 70 eggs were collected including some boxes of chocolates for the doctors and nurses working on the children’s ward. With the kind generosity of various local businesses including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Bridge-Way Auto Sales in Hastings, Ambience Catering in Eastbourne, members of Bexhill Bikers and the volunteers of SERV Sussex, it was quickly organised and well-received by the children and their families spending Easter in hospital. Just to see the smiles on the faces of the children, their parents and the nurses when we went in with the eggs, made all the effort worthwhile. The hospital also has a child day-care out patient department where these eggs were shared among the kids and staff to take home.”