During this season of goodwill and generosity, an unlikely company has stepped up to give back to the community. Known for their darker side, The York Dungeon has joined forces with Merlin’s Magic Wand, the charity of their parent company Merlin Entertainments, to donate a portable entertainment unit to York Hospital’s Children Ward.
As described by Merlin’s Magic Wand:
“Merlin’s Magic Wand Mobile units are specially designed to provide children, who are too ill to leave their hospital bed or ward with the magic of Merlin. The unit makes fun accessible and interactive with a built in games console and TV; LEGO and DUPLO brick sets; and plenty of storage for more games and toys. As part of Merlin’s Magic Wands 10 year birthday celebrations we are delighted to donate this unit to York Hospital.”
Staff on the Children’s Ward were joined by the team at The York Dungeon to launch the new unit, which will be a welcome distraction to younger visitors to the hospital, especially over the festive season.
As General Manager of The York Dungeon, Marc Bell, explains: “Our team absolutely love giving back to the community, especially when it involves something as fun as this. We can’t wait to hear about how much the ward benefits from the unit.”
Andy Jennians, Deputy Directorate Manager for Child Health at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The unit is great for the children coming onto our wards and I’m certain it will make a big difference in helping to keep them entertained or distracted while in hospital. Some of the children are unable to access the playroom due to illness, so the unit will help ensure they don’t miss out as it can be taken directly to their bedside.”