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28 November

Usborne's community pledge buys books for Phoenix

Phoenix book donation
(l-r) Volunteer Margaret Hurst, Usborne's Joanne Randall with son Joseph, Mid Essex Hospitals Charity's Yvonne Carter and Phoenix ward's Sue Hursit.

Children on Phoenix ward have new entertaining and educational reading material thanks to Usborne Books’ community book pledge.

The books were purchased thanks to generous donations from Nationwide Building Society, Redrow Homes, Brewers Decorator Centres, Toni Cooney at Adams Joinery, and an additional 10% donation from Usborne in the form of free books.

The wide range of books, puzzles, jigsaws and activity packs cover all ages from newborns to teenagers, and will provide a great source of entertainment and a welcome diversion for children staying on the ward.  

The donation was organised by Usborne’s Joanne Randall, whose mum Margaret volunteers with Mid Essex Hospitals Charity.

Phoenix ward play specialist Sue Hursit said: “Having good books makes such a difference. There are a lot of really great books here that’ll help keep children busy. It’s always hard keeping children away from screens but it’s nice to offer them a range of reading.

“We also have our teacher here in the mornings so the new educational books will be very helpful. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has donated and to Usborne for thinking of the ward.”

Joanne Randall added: “I met with Sue and we focused on books that would be good for distraction purposes for young children like our sound books. We’ve also got more factual books such as See Inside Your Body, and Look Inside the Hospital which are nice and interactive because children can look inside flaps and find out facts.

“We’ve got good teaching resources like our phonics books and our reading programme books in our libraries  can be enjoyed right up to key stage three.”