Local charity William’s Gift brings smiles to Warrington Hospital’s children’s ward

By November 6, 2020News

Children on Warrington hospital’s children’s ward will benefit from thoughtful presents to mark what would have been the 7th birthday of a very special little boy.

Local charity William’s Gift donated goodies including portable DVD players, Christmas DVDs, Kindle fire tablets and craft kits to help keep children and their families entertained during a hospital stay.

The charity is named after William Fenton who was born on 24th October 2013 with an extremely rare form of a condition called Hirschsprungs disease which meant he spent much time at Warrington Hospital as well as Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Sadly, William passed away in December 2019 aged just six years old.

To give them something positive to focus on William’s family set up a registered charity in his memory. It helps children and their families at the two main children’s hospitals in the North West and also their local children’s ward at Warrington Hospital by providing thoughtful packages known as ‘A Little box of smiles’ for children who are in hospital for a long time and contains lovely gifts specially selected for each child including toys, games, books and teddies. They also provide ‘little bags of help’ including toothbrushes, snacks and shower gel for parents or guardians.

As William’s condition affected his large and small intestine the main focus on the charity is to help children who have bowel related conditions or are on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) which supplies nutrition directly into veins, bypassing the digestive system.

The charity has already made a big difference to children and families on Warrington Hospital’s children’s ward as earlier this year William’s Gift donated bags of help and boxes of smiles to the ward along with gifts for the staff.

William’s mum and charity trustee, Jane Fenton, said: “It would have been William’s 7th birthday on Saturday 24th October and we are donating lots of lovely gifts to hospitals to use including tablets, portable DVD players and craft packs. William was so amazingly generous and would always be equally happy giving presents as he was receiving them.

“Due to the Covid situation many of the play areas in the hospitals are closed, so these gifts can be passed around for children to use at the bedside.

If you would like to find out more about the William and the inspirational work of the charity created in his name visit www.facebook.com/williamsgift24/