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Generous couple donate toys to thank hospital staff who cared for their daughter

Chris Reeder, centre, delivers toys to the Jenny Lind Hospital at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. They were delivered by convoy from Diss. He is pictured with his daughter Kacey, members of the Mischief Motorcycle Club, volunteers and hospital staff. Picture: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust

Chris Reeder, centre, delivers toys to the Jenny Lind Hospital at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. They were delivered by convoy from Diss. He is pictured with his daughter Kacey, members of the Mischief Motorcycle Club, volunteers and hospital staff. Picture: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust

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A generous couple made a special delivery by motorcycle convoy to express their gratitude for the care staff at a Norfolk hospital gave to their daughter.

Chris Reeder, left, has donated toys to the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital at the NNUH as a thank you to staff who cared for his daughter Kacey, second right. He is pictured with Steve Nicholls, hospital play specialist, and Bryher McCabe, hospital play assistant. Picture: Rebecca MurphyChris Reeder, left, has donated toys to the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital at the NNUH as a thank you to staff who cared for his daughter Kacey, second right. He is pictured with Steve Nicholls, hospital play specialist, and Bryher McCabe, hospital play assistant. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

Chris Reeder and Louise Calver’s 15-year-old daughter Kacey spent two weeks at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, to treat her scoliosis.

To keep her occupied during her stay in December 2017, the teenager was able to use some of the toys and games available.

Upon leaving the hospital following Kacey’s surgery, Mr Reeder , from Diss, vowed he would do something to show his appreciation to the staff for how well they cared for his daughter.

On Sunday 10 motorbikes from the Mischief Motorcycle Club, an American-style lorry, and a van convoyed from Diss to Norwich to drop off a wide-range of toys.

The motorcycle convoy entering the hospital. Picture: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation TrustThe motorcycle convoy entering the hospital. Picture: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust

“The staff looked after Kacey tremendously well and we could not have asked for anymore,” said Mr Reeder. “The way they looked after her, I just knew I had to give something back.”

Through a fundraising page, the couple raised £1,027.

With the money they were able to buy portable DVD players, DVDs and Nintendos from Smyths Toys Store, who in turn also donated items.

A range of old and new toys have also been donated by the couple’s colleagues and friends, including puzzles, Lego and books.

Steve Nicholls, play specialist at the hospital, said: “Chris has been really good to us and has donated some excellent toys, puzzles and electronic items.

“The activities really do make a difference to the children and we’re really grateful for their support.”

Mr Reeder said he will now look to see how he can help the hospital in the future.

“You just cannot take for granted the NHS and it is just a fantastic service,” said the 47-year-old. “If I can help in any way I will. I said to Steve [Nicholls] before we left that I would do something.”

Mr Reeder’s employer Claret Civil Engineering helped with the donation and provided the transport to get the toys to the hospital. Help was also given by Mike Newman Haulage and Diss-based Fatstickman.

Hospital fundraising manager Louise Cook added: “It is brilliant that people are realising that they can help their local children’s hospital and make a difference to local children.”

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