Community backs toy drive for children’s ward

Mike Wood MP with Sharnie Whitehouse, Play Therapist; Manisha Rasouda; Farm FC players; various local business owners; Karen Anderson, Head of Children's Services_2.jpg

Mike teamed up with a group of local businesses and football players to make donations to Russells Hall's children's ward
Mike teamed up with a group of local businesses and football players to make donations to Russells Hall's children's ward

Mike has teamed up with an alliance of local businesses and a Dudley-based football team to bring Christmas cheer to the children’s ward at Russells Hall Hospital.  

Organised by Manisha Rasouda from Screed & That Ltd, the group have donated hundreds of pounds worth of toys, games and educational items to make sure that children receiving treatment at Russell’s Hall Hospital’s children’s ward this Christmas and New Year don’t miss out.  

Donations came from local businesses: Screed & That Ltd, Kustom Wheels, Britannia Inn (Queens Cross, Dudley), Dave Newton from Snap-on Tools, One Call Accident Management, and Flex Physiques Gym, as well as Dudley-based men’s football team Farm FC and the Member of Parliament for Dudley South, Mike Wood.  

Mike said:  

“Christmas is one of the most special times of the year, and I’m so pleased to join this fantastic group of local businesses and Farm FC players to make sure that children needing treatment at the children’s ward have a special Christmas too.” 

Manisha Rasouda said:  

“As local businesses, we think it’s important to give back to the communities we serve. The thought that there are children who could miss out this Christmas puts a lump in my throat, so any part we can play has to be worth it.” 

The donations were received by Karen Anderson, Head of Children’s Services at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust; Sharnie Whitehouse, Play Therapist on the ward; and Cleo McKenzie, Deputy Matron.  

Christmas is one of the most special times of the year, and I’m so pleased to join this fantastic group of local businesses and Farm FC players to make sure that children needing treatment at the children’s ward have a special Christmas too.