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Noah's Ark cash boost.

Byline: Lisa Jones

SERIOUSLY ill children will be able to have the emergency treatment they need after a pounds 30,000 fundraiser.

The Childrens' Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, has been able to buy a vital piece of equipment it could only previously afford to hire, thanks to a share of the money raised at a charity ball.

With the specially-made pounds 14,000 paediatric gastroscope on site, children no longer have to wait to be treated, saving pain for them and worry for their parents.

Avril Gowman, senior nurse for paediatric surgery at the hospital, said: "This donation is going to make sure that children will get the intervention they need straight away rather than having to wait or rely on going to another hospital.

"Many have already travelled a long distance to get here and the prospect of them having to be transferred again to England to have the treatment they need is ludicrous. To have this gastroscope available 24-7 is brilliant."

The gastroscope is used to look at the inside of children's stomachs and helps remove objects a child has swallowed. It will also be small enough for hospital staff to use on babies.

Dawn Parry, ward manager for paediatric surgery at the Children's Hospital for Wales, based at the University Hospital of Wales, said: "Recently, we had a two-month-old boy who needed a gastroscope but we weren't able to hire it straight away.

"He had to wait four days before we were able to perform the procedure when it should have been done that day.

"It was traumatic for him and it's dangerous too."

The Hilton Foundation Charity Ball split the pounds 30,000 cash it raised between the Hilton in the Community Foundation and the Noah's Ark Appeal, which raises money to equip the Children's Hospital for Wales.

Marie Fagan, generalmanager of the Hilton, said: "At the moment, the children's hospital doesn't have this piece of equipment and actually has to hire one each time one of their small patients need it.

"With the money raised at the ball, we can buy this equipment so it is there whenever it is needed."

Chairman of the Noah's Ark Appeal, Lyn Jones said: "It's very important that we do these things for the children's hospital. It's been well supported by the public who have been marvellous over the years."

lisa.jones@mediawales.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS PRESENT: Dawn Parry, ward manager for paediatric surgery, with the gastroscope gift and Lyn Jones, chairman of the Noah's Ark Appeal, Marie Fagan, general manager of the Hilton, Cardiff, Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Noah's Ark Appeal trustee, Eddie Haywark, vice-chairman of the Noah's Ark Appeal, Avril Gowman, senior nurse for paediatric surgery, and Eddie Rabaiotti, chairman of the Noah's Ark Appeal trustees
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 27, 2008
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