04 January 2016

Princess of Wales Children's Ward Celebrates Opening of New Family Room Funded by Sony UK

Young patients and their families are enjoying a new family room at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend.

The family room in the Children’s Ward has been completely refurbished thanks to Sony UK TEC. The company has also raised money to purchase three Vapotherm machines that help babies and children with breathing difficulties by giving them a higher concentration of oxygen. Other additional donations included hand-held pulse oximeters, which are used to measure the oxygen levels in the blood, drip stands and other pieces of equipment.

Staff from the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed have fundraised over £20,000 for the Princess of Wales Children’s Ward, which has been their nominated charity for three years. Fundraising activities have included charity golf days, sponsored bike rides, raffles and cake sales.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones officially opened the new family room. He said: “This generous donation will make a real difference for the children being treated at the Princess of Wales. A big thank you must go out to Sony UK TEC; their fundraising has put a big smile on everyone’s face in the run up to Christmas.”

Natasha Midgley, Mum of 13 year old Trystan-Lee Benbow from Bridgend said: “The new family room will make a huge difference to children and their parents as a difficult time.”

Ward manager Kaye Aherne said: “We have been very fortunate to be the charity which Sony has adopted. They have been absolutely fantastic, raising a phenomenal amount of money. We can’t thank them enough.”

“The Vapotherm machines are invaluable during the winter months. They really do help children and babies with breathing problems.”

Steve Dalton OBE, Managing Director of Sony UK Technology Centre, added:   “As a business, we are fortunate to have developed a reputation for manufacturing excellence. This is thanks to our hardworking staff who are proud of all that we do here in Pencoed. We have their welfare at the heart of our operations and take an active role in our local community through charity work and sponsorship.”

“We have all been touched by the work of the children’s ward at the Princess of Wales and are proud to do what we can to help make life a little easier for the young people and their families who depend on the wonderful staff at the Princess of Wales.”

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