Last week, the Athletic Union Events Team donated Christmas gifts to Ward 29 of Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on behalf of Saints Sport.
Clubs were encouraged throughout November to run Christmas Training Sessions where each member had the opportunity to donate a present to the Children’s Ward. Alternatively, members could pay an extra pound towards their Sinners ticket which would be used to buy presents for the children on their behalf. This initiative only accounted for thirty five of the presents donated, making the number donated by individual clubs impressive.
Ward 29 caters for all children up to the age of eighteen with an impatient and outpatient facility. The donated presents are used to create stockings or given to inpatients on Christmas Day to ensure that every child has something to open. This year, the presents were dropped off on Tuesday 3rd of December by the Events team and will go under the tree in the ward’s common area.
Holly Hetherington, member of the Athletic Union Events Team, started the initiative at the University last year after previously running it at her home in Lincolnshire whilst in sixth form.
Ms Hetherington said, “I’m always so impressed with how generous St Andrews students are when you ask them to rally around a cause. This is something really close to my heart, having organised it for a number of years. I think it is so important to realise how fortunate we are and give back. I’m so happy that Saints Sport and all the clubs have really got behind this idea and ran with it”
Play specialist at Ward 29 said “The staff at Tayside Children’s hospital are very grateful for the kind, generous donation of toys and Christmas gifts that the Athletic Union of St Andrews has gifted for the patients at Christmas time. They have been here previously and it’s wonderful to see them coming back again. Their thoughtful donation will make a huge difference at Christmas for the children and the young people who are in hospital.”
Having tripled the number of gifts donated this year, Ms Hetherington and her team hope to continue to increase the amount of donations to Ninewells Children’s Ward in years to come.