A MUM is helping bring the joy of reading back to a children's hospital ward after noticing its depleted book supply.

Dishforth mum Sarah Lynch has been raising money to buy cleanable children’s books and activities for children attending Harrogate District Hospital where her son, William, 8, has been receiving treatment.

Some books and toys were removed from the Woodlands Children’s Ward and waiting rooms when Covid-19 hit in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Ms Lynch and William noticed they were missing during recent visits and wanted to help provide a solution.

They initially set a target of £100, although this has now been surpassed and continues to rise.

Ms Lynch said: “There are children attending their first appointments, many with more complex needs than William.

"Regardless of their diagnosis, all children need distractions, if anything to also comfort their worried parents and carers.

“Our son is now eight years old and has a diagnosis of arthritis, enthesitis, autism and an arachnoid cyst.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to all the medical team at Harrogate District Hospital for their amazing, consistent, warm-hearted and ongoing care that William has received, and still is.

“With your help with small donations put together we can purchase lots of books, activities and more to keep children entertained and distracted during a tough time.”

Acute Paediatrics Matron Julie Walker said: “We really appreciate Sarah and William’s efforts to raise money for books and toys which can easily be cleaned; reading a story to a child or playing with a toy can be so comforting and ease their worries while they wait.

"Thank you so much.”

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