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Toy donation in Ambers name

Generous friends and family have donated more than 100 toys to the children’s unit at Poole Hospital in memory of a youngster who died earlier this year.

Amber Bailey, eight, had the life-limiting condition Leigh’s Syndrome, a form of mitochondrial disease. Amber’s parents, Emma and Stewart, asked mourners to donate toys instead of flowers at her funeral in May, and were bowled over by the response.

“Amber loved sending cards and presents to sick children and she would have loved the idea,” explains Emma.

“There are toys for babies and older children – there’s something for everyone.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.”

Amber Bailey toy donation

Vivien Maiden is a children’s community nurse and cared for Amber.

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said. “Amber loved sparkly things and I think she would have loved playing with some of these toys.”

Tracey Fordham, health play specialist, said the gifts would benefit many younger patients, and in particular from the sensory toys.

“It’s an amazing donation – the children will really benefit from it, and the sensory toys will be particularly invaluable,” said Tracey.

“Some of the toys have a medical theme and will be great for the play specialists here when working with the children.”

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