Local teenager donates collection of gifts to children's ward

Date: 18 July 2016

A kind-hearted 13 year-old-girl from Medway has provided the perfect gesture to the children’s ward at Medway Maritime Hospital – an assortment of gifts for children of all ages.
Molly Treves, who lives in Chatham, has been a patient on Dolphin Ward since the age of two, when she was sadly diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that mostly affects young children.
Despite having to contend with such a cruel blow at this tender age, Molly along with the love and support of her parents Chris & Rita and older brother, Sam, rallied and met the illness head on with determination and hope. This led to Molly eventually entering remission back in 2007.
While Molly is now thankfully free of the illness that took an inevitable toll on her young body, she still suffers side effects from time to time. A regular and popular patient on Dolphin Ward, Molly felt compelled to give something back to the staff and the children on the ward– some of whom might be facing the same situation that Molly once experienced.
Many of the gifts, which included toys and games, were donated by friends and family, while Molly and Sam’s tireless campaigning on Facebook also resulted in a sizeable contribution to the haul of gifts that were unveiled to staff on the children’s ward.
As part of a special visit to Dolphin Ward earlier this week, the Medway teenager also presented a range of gifts suitable for adults, including shower gels, deodorants and shampoos – essentials items when parents are spending extended periods of time at hospital with their child.
Molly said: “I just thought it would be nice for the children to get a present during their time in hospital. I hope it will cheer them up and make them feel less isolated while they’re aware from home. I thought it would also be helpful to donate some of the items that adults might find handy, such as shower gels and deodorants.”
Ann McKinnon, Hospital Play Specialist on Dolphin Ward, said: “It is great to see Molly looking so well after enduring some incredibly difficult times over the years. Not only was this tough on poor Molly, it was also extremely hard on her family.
“It says a lot about Molly as a person that she has taken the time to donate all these fantastic gifts to the ward, for which we are extremely grateful. She really is one in a million.”
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