The heartbroken parents of a little girl who died have sent £5,000 worth of gifts to staff who treated her in hospital.
Paige Coffey died aged seven after spending much of her life in and out of hospital with illnesses at Morriston Hospital, in Swansea.
Her family were grateful to the care offered to Paige and were more than happy to give something back.
Her mum Danielle, 36, said: ‘This is more than a thank you. The team looked after Paige since she was 18 months old.
‘The doctors told us that we would lose her at four but she made it past her seventh birthday.
‘It’s a home away from home, Morriston Hospital, thanks to all the girls there. They’re like family.
‘We are more than grateful and this is just a small thank you.’
The presents included 11 TVs, iPads, travel mugs for nurses, countless toys and two microwaves.
The family started selling ribbons to raise money for the ward following Paige’s death and Danielle was taken aback by the response.
‘My brother-in-law Jamie placed a post on Facebook and everyone got involved and helped as much as they could,’ she said.
‘I think Paige touched so many hearts. People just wanted to donate, she was amazing.
‘We asked ourselves what the children and their families, and the nurses, needed. I think we’ve covered everything. We are more than happy. The only thing we need now is a bigger family room.’
Sandra Mack, Ward sister, said: ‘We are very sad that Paige has left us. We looked after her for a very long time. She was in and out of hospital and the whole team grew great affection for her.
‘We also developed a strong bond with her parents and wider family. We will be forever grateful for the donations made to us. It’s very kind of the family to do so.’
In response to the huge donation, Cathy Stevens, Swansea Bay health charity’s fundraising officer, said: ‘Seeing how much love the family showed towards the staff on the children’s ward was very heartwarming and emotional.
‘They were so grateful for all the support, love and care they showed not only to Paige but to the whole family and they continue to have a very special bond.
‘The family showed their gratitude through this enormous donation which will keep the children on the ward very busy.’
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