Spooky surprise for youngsters at Queen Alexandra Hospital

TREATS Paul Bunker from Heart FM meets play specialist Anne Ricketts and gives Halloween toys to Sam Derrrick, from Denmead during a visit to the chidren's ward at QA Hospital.  Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113873-1)
TREATS Paul Bunker from Heart FM meets play specialist Anne Ricketts and gives Halloween toys to Sam Derrrick, from Denmead during a visit to the chidren's ward at QA Hospital. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (113873-1)
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170948-1)

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THERE were more treats than tricks when a surprise toy donation was given to poorly children.

Patients in the paediatric department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, were treated to scary masks, fake cobwebs and other Halloween-themed goodies.

The donation was made by supermarket chain Asda, along with radio station Heart FM.

Among the children getting a toy was Grace Newnham.

The five-year-old needed surgery to remove a lump from her wrist.

Mum Emma Newnham, 31, of Hipley Road, Havant, said: ‘We didn’t know there was going to be a toy donation, so it was a great surprise.

‘It really cheered Grace up because no child likes to go into hospital, so it made her feel better.

‘She also couldn’t go trick-or-treating, and this meant the toys came to her.’

Katharine Rackham, 37, of Hereford Road, Southsea, said the donation was also a welcome gesture for her son Harry, eight, who had a hernia operation. The toys were left in the playroom throughout the day yesterday, so children could come along and choose gifts.