Ward Decs 2016
As part of our continued effort to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital the Prime team recently visited the hospital to decorate one the wards for Christmas.
Our commitment to the hospital has seen us take part in many physical challenges raising much needed funds for the hospital, but just as rewarding was the opportunity to donate time by volunteering in the various activities the hospital has available. In this case the ward decoration opportunity, commonly referred to as “Ward decs”.
The Prime team were assigned the intensive care ward at the hospital which looks after some very poorly children. With 31 beds the ward is the largest Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the UK. The team, headed up by Prime’s senior manager Steve Harcourt, felt responsible for spreading Christmas cheer in an area of the hospital where they needed it most.
Steve and the team were greeted by the family liaison team who were aimed with the ward decorations. After being escorted up to the ward the team set to work on making the ward as festive as they could.
Having expertly decorated 5 Christmas trees, with lights, baubles, beads all topped off with shining stars. Some of the nurses commented on the way the beads were used on one of the trees the boys in the group put up. This was soon rectified by getting the staff to help out along with the girls from Prime who had a better eye for this sort of thing!
The trees were located all around the large ward and communal areas within the department. Then the smaller trees were decorated for the main nurses station in PICU and the family room. With the addition of colourful Christmas lights around the reception area, snowflake stickers on windows and stars hanging from the ceiling the team had transformed the ward in to a more cheerful place for the patients their families and the staff.
All the Prime staff who volunteered thoroughly enjoyed their time decorating the ward and the staff who passed by as they were working away all commented on what a good job was being done and how festive the ward looked.
The end of this year will also see the end of our support for the hospital. The team here at Prime have really taken the hospital into our hearts and have passionately fundraised for the children for the last two years. In return the hospital has provided us with some uplifting moments and the interaction with the children has justified every activity we have undertaken. The opportunity to donate time as well as money has been truly rewarding and the children we have met along the way are amazing. Our challenges pale in significance to the challenges the children are fighting in the hospital and we are extremely proud that by pulling together as a team we have contributed in bettering the lives and families of those under the care of the hospital.