Children of all ages who attend St. Peter’s Hospital have been helped over many years by the regulars at The Royal Oak public house, Sunningdale. A weekly meat raffle is held at the Station Road pub when those taking part have a chance to win first class cuts of meat – favourably made available by a Windlesham butcher – while knowing that their raffle money is helping youngsters.

n the past The Royal Oak Meat Society have made many donations to the children’s oncology unit and the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Peter’s Hospital. This month (June) they donated a further £1,703 26p which will help older teenagers. The donation brought a smile to the faces of Sister Della Emery and Matron Dagmar Gohil who are pictured here (left to right) on Oak Ward with the cheque.

Said Dagmar: “This was a very welcome surprise. We do appreciate the continuing support that we have had over the years from the patrons of The Royal Oak and we would like them to know that the donation will, as ever, be put to good use.”

Plans are under discussion to provide accommodation for 16-18 year-olds on the children’s wards, in keeping with the NHS’sNational Service Framework recommendations. Until now youngsters in this age group have been placed on adult wards but this is not always the most appropriate place for them and it is now expected that older teenagers will have their own accommodation areas on children’s and young people’s wards.

Said Dagmar: “For example, a 16-year-old teenager recovering from an appendicitis operation would probably be happier in a bay with other youngsters than on an adult surgical bay with other adult patients who are being treated for life-threatening conditions. Our teenage bay will need equipping, not only with medical equipment but with the kind of hi-tec kit that teenagers need to keep themselves entertained while in hospital!”