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Eight legs and a lot of love: from a Rainbow Patient

Newsdate: 4 May 2018

Young patients at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are set to benefit from the creativity and generosity of a former patient.

Whilst an inpatient on Rainbow Ward, sixteen year old Katie Barber from Ince decided to keep herself occupied by learning how to make handmade woollen octopus toys. After her discharge home, Katie decided to pay it forward and set about making a large number of octopuses, each with a handwritten note, to donate to other patients to bring them comfort whilst in hospital.

Katie said; “I decided to make the octopuses because I learned how to make them whilst I was on the Rainbow Ward.”

“During my time there it felt quite isolating, and I know that other children may also be feeling the same way while they’re in hospital, so I wanted to perform an act of kindness and let others know they are thought of.”

Fiona Kilgariff a Play Specialist on Rainbow Ward said; “The staff on the ward would like to express our sincere thanks to Katie for her kind donation.”

“Katie visited the ward and handed out a few of the octopuses herself and the families were very grateful of the thoughtful gift - it is such a wonderful thing to do to take the time to make these handmade soft toys.”

“And the little note accompanying them was a lovely touch.”