Giving Tree Aids Hospital Kids’ Charity

Drake Circus has chosen the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at Derriford Hospital as its Christmas charity this year.

The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is a local charity that provides support to children in hospital and their families.

The charity is based at Derriford Hospital and it uses donations to buy equipment such as iPads for distraction during procedures, DVD’s, sensory equipment for special needs patients, arts and craft activities to create various decorations and presents, presents for children that unfortunately have to be in hospital over the Christmas period, and entertainment for the week before Christmas for both Woodcock and Wildgoose wards.

Drake Circus is using the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund Giving Tree, located on the ground floor of the shopping centre, as the focus for making donations. The Giving Tree will be located in Drake Circus until 24th December.

Donations can be made at, by texting TREE50 followed by £amount to 70070, through the Drake Circus website ( or by hand at the Drake Circus Management Suite on the Food Court Level.

Greg Lumley, Centre Director at Drake Circus, said: “We think that the work done by the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund is immensely important, which is why we are delighted to be supporting the charity this Christmas. Having a child in hospital is a worrying experience at any time of year, but it is especially poignant at Christmas. We hope that visitors to Drake Circus and to our website will dig deep and help to support a local charity making children’s visits to hospital a better experience.”

Sue Rodgers from the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund added: “We are extremely grateful to the management and staff at Drake Circus for choosing us as their Christmas charity this year. We rely on donations to do our work, which is why it is so important to have support such as this. Funds enabling us to purchase iPads are extremely valuable as we can download cartoons and games for all ages which works well as a distraction from having their blood taken as they are usually more interested in getting to the next level of the game.  We have children of all ages from babies to 17 year olds.  We too hope that shoppers at Drake Circus will help us in the period leading up to Christmas.”

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