All dolled up to help kids

Student Nurse Lauren Williams rearranging the furniture in the dolls house donated by Diploma Level 2 Course Students at the College of Further Education.
Student Nurse Lauren Williams rearranging the furniture in the dolls house donated by Diploma Level 2 Course Students at the College of Further Education.

A TRIP to hospital has been made more bearable for youngsters thanks to a generous gift by Hartlepool students.

Carpentry and joinery students at Hartlepool College of Education used their skills to create a detailed doll’s house.

Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer David Johnson (left) with students Daniel Tull, Dean Dickson, Josh Jukes, Adam Thornton, David Sowerby, Adrian Gray, James Bainbridge and Ryan Lowery from the Hartlepool College of Further Education with University Hospital of Hartlepool Play Specialist Sandra Jackson (centre) and Student Nurse Lauren Williams with the Dolls House donated to the hospital.

Carpentry and Joinery Lecturer David Johnson (left) with students Daniel Tull, Dean Dickson, Josh Jukes, Adam Thornton, David Sowerby, Adrian Gray, James Bainbridge and Ryan Lowery from the Hartlepool College of Further Education with University Hospital of Hartlepool Play Specialist Sandra Jackson (centre) and Student Nurse Lauren Williams with the Dolls House donated to the hospital.

They presented it to the day unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool where it is already putting a smile on the faces of young visitors.

The team of nine students spent eight weeks crafting the impressive house with the help of their tutor David Johnson.

He said: “The college runs an enrichment programme where funding is available to further students’ experience.

“I have made doll’s houses before so it’s something I’m quite used to.

“We decided to make it and it is also a way the students can get involved with the community.

“This was the end product. I think they have done really well and it looks good.

“They decided they wanted to donate it to the hospital for people to enjoy.”

The two-storey house has four rooms, including a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, and the students even made miniature furniture to go in them.

The day care unit at the Holdforth Road site cares for children who have been referred by their doctors for assessment.

It also looks after youngsters who have surgery planned or who are unwell and in need of additional observation by medics.

Vicky Whitfield, the hospital’s ward manager for paediatrics, said: “We’re really grateful for such a generous donation from the college students.

“The children who have been on the day unit think the doll’s house is fantastic,” she added.