Donations of iPads for hospital patients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Back row (lfrom left): Tom Thurlow, Ninehundred Communications; Clinton Johnson, Eve Merton Trust; Martin Lawrence, Eve Merton Trust; Nick Springthorpe, One Call Insurance.'Front row (lfront row) Annette Blenkiron, Sister; Caroline Cooper, Patient; Kayleigh Sutton, Staff Nurse.
Back row (lfrom left): Tom Thurlow, Ninehundred Communications; Clinton Johnson, Eve Merton Trust; Martin Lawrence, Eve Merton Trust; Nick Springthorpe, One Call Insurance.'Front row (lfront row) Annette Blenkiron, Sister; Caroline Cooper, Patient; Kayleigh Sutton, Staff Nurse.

A ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary has been presented with iPads for patients to use when they are undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The donation of five iPads to ward 18, which specialises in haematological conditions, was made by the Eve Merton Trust, a Doncaster charity that grants the wishes of terminally ill, or cancer sufferers in Doncaster.

The iPads will benefit patients who may have to spend long periods of time in hospital, allowing them to keep in touch with family members, play games, watch videos and much more.

The devices will also be uploaded with videos for patients explaining their treatment procedures and side effects.

Martin Lawrence, co-founder of The Eve Merton Dreams Trust said, “Ward 18’s dream request was something that we felt we had to get involved with. During my mother’s fight with cancer she spent long periods in a hospital room and I know the sense of isolation a patient can feel. There’s nothing the patient can do except reflect on the current situation.

“We wanted to be able to do something that broke up that negative feeling, if only for a short period of time. Patients can now keep in touch with their friends and families through Skype or FaceTime, watch movies, play games, even complete their Christmas shopping!

“We aim to help as many Doncaster Cancer patients as we possibly can and the Ward 18 Dream really gives us a chance to do just that”.

The Eve Merton Trust along with Ninehundred Communications and One Call Insurance all took part in fundraising activities to buy and donate the iPads.

Kayleigh Sutton, Ward 18 Staff Nurse, said: “By providing iPads to Ward 18, The Eve Merton Trust has helped our patients maintain as much normality as possible at a time when they sometimes feel very isolated.

“The iPads will allow them to keep in touch with family and friends, play games, email, watch TV and many other activities. We are extremely grateful for this kind donation and our hope is that this will help to distract our patients while they are receiving treatment.”

Pictured are back row (from left) Tom Thurlow, Ninehundred Communications; Clinton Johnson, Eve Merton Trust; Martin Lawrence, Eve Merton Trust; Nick Springthorpe, One Call Insurance and front row (from left) Annette Blenkiron, Sister; Caroline Cooper, Patient; Kayleigh Sutton, Staff Nurse.