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Accounting and business advisory firm HURST have raised an amazing £12,250 for MedEquip4Kids through adopting us as their Charity of the Year in 2018.

The money raised helped to fund an upgrade to the children’s emergency department at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, including colourful new seating to brighten the waiting area and new equipment to diagnose and assess patients’ conditions.

HURST’s donation has also funded additional resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), including reference books for parents, picture books for children, stress toys and games and diagnostic kits.

MedEquip4Kids Chief Executive Ghazala Baig said: “We are so grateful to the team at HURST for their enthusiastic fundraising. They were a pleasure to work with and the commitment they show for supporting local charities is inspiring.”

Among the activities undertaken by HURST staff were the Three Peaks Challenge, a ‘dress up as a kid’ day, cake sales, car washing and valeting, and the firm’s annual corporate football tournament.

HURST chief executive Tim Potter said: “Knowing that the money we’ve raised helps to improve the level of care which children receive locally is really fantastic. We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us raise this phenomenal amount.”

Pictured: Evelyn Glarvey of MedEquip4Kids, front left, with HURST staff Mimi Weir-Bennett, Chris Kinsey, Katie Waud, Lucy McCormick and Paige Pinkerton, and MedEquip4Kids mascot Pip.

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“The switch adapted toys have been a wonderful addition to our school. Both staff and children were thrilled to have some new exciting resources. The children love the lights and movement many of these switch toys have and are highly motivated to explore and investigate how to make them work. They have been great for pupils to develop their understanding of cause and effect and we have also noticed improved concentration and engagement when using them. Often it can be difficult to find toys that are robust enough to withstand lots of heavy use AND be interesting and fun. These new resources tick all those boxes. They have made a noticeable impact on the children’s development in this area.”

Sophie Martindale
Acorns Primary School, Lancashire

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