Preston mum launches toy appeal to give Christmas gifts to children on ward eight of Royal Preston Hospital

Posted on - 25th November, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Christmas, Preston News, Proud Preston
Lorna and her children Seran (L) and Liam (R)

A mum from Preston has launched a toy appeal to ensure children on ward eight at Royal Preston Hospital receive a present this Christmas.


Lorna Connors has two children: Seren who is almost four and Liam who has just turned two.

Lorna wanted to launch a toy appeal as her son Liam has been taken care of at RPH many times.

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Lorna said: “Every time Liam has a cold, or cuts a tooth, we end up on ward eight.

“The staff are fantastic on here and do everything they can to look after the children but also the parents too. 

“We almost lost our Liam last year and he ended up in high dependency, which is something I don’t think I have really come to terms with until very recently. 

“Liam has had a total of nine admissions since last September 2020, due to his chest and so we almost find ourselves there quite a lot especially through the winter months. 

“The toys are only as good as the donations they receive, which have to be brand new due to Covid-19.

“My ask, which is a big ask, is that people who can, spare an extra toy for one of the children on the ward on Christmas Day.

“They will be wrapped up by the play team for the inpatient children to open. The other gifts will be put into the toy boxes to refresh the toys already on the ward.”

Liam has spent a lot of time on ward eight

There are children from birth up until 19-years-old on the ward.

Lorna hopes to have all items donated the week of December 13.

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You can donate via her GoFundMe here: or alternatively you can buy items off the Amazon wish list.

Donation points for the toys/gifts, which should be brand new and unwrapped are:

  • The Kinder Hub (next to Ancient Oak, PR4 0NZ)
  • Busy bees, RPH, PR2 9HT
  • Busy bees, Ashton house, PR2 1HL
  • The Guild Ale house, 56 Lancaster road, PR1 1DD
  • Dessert cabin, 48 Water Lane, PR2 2NL
  • Little beans play cafe (baby sensory/toddler sense), Fylde Road, PR1 2TY
  • The Beehive, hair by Mandy – 168 Tulketh Brow, PR2 2JE
  • Jai’s place, Hutton, PR4 5SN

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