School children raise money for local hospital’s children’s ward


 Ward Sister Jackie Hawkins, Saoirse Gillhooley and Ellie O’Farrell.
Ward Sister Jackie Hawkins, Saoirse Gillhooley and Ellie O’Farrell.

Children at St Bernadette’s and St Joseph’s schools have been busy raising money for Jack’s Place, the children’s ward at Northwick Park Hospital.

On Friday 21 January, David O’ Farrell, Head Teacher of St Bernadette’s, was joined by one of his pupils, Saoirse Gillhooley, as well as his daughter, Ellie O’Farrell, who attends St Joseph’s school, to donate a cheque for £2,875 to staff on Jack’s Place.

David O’ Farrell said: “Ellie and Saoirse have both received treatment at the hospital. The care they have both received from staff has been fantastic. We wanted to be able to give something back to the children’s ward which is why both schools held cake sales and a sponsored walk to raise the money. Saoirse’s mother, Mary Gillhooley, also helped organise a race night to raise funds.”

Both pupils are patients at the hospital. They suggested that some of the money be used for a portable DVD player and a Wii, so children can get well and get fit whilst staying in hospital. 

Ward Sister Jackie Hawkins said: “It is wonderful that these local schools have raised money to help children who have to be treated in our hospital. It is a very generous donation and I would like to thank everyone who was involved with the fundraising.”