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Talented pupils from a Bradford school have been given a sneak preview of one of our new paediatric wards.

Bingley Grammar School students were given a VIP tour of ward 32 by Shane Embleton, Head of Capital Projects for the new BRI hospital wing, after raising over £4,500 for childrens toys, games and electronic equipment.

The kind-hearted year 7 pupils stepped out on a 5k walk along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the world-famous Bingley Five Rise Locks to support youngsters less fortunate than themselves.

Shane said: “They are a really good set of kids. I went with them on the walk and it’s great that they have taken their own time to raise money for us.

“Inviting them here was our way of saying thank you – we wanted to show them the areas that their money will go towards. It will help pay for items in the teenagers’ lounge, including a coffee machine, bean bags, TV and Playstation.

“The lounge will be a place where the older kids can get away from the younger ones and can go to chill out and meet. Some of the funding has also gone towards monitors.”

Bright and spacious

The pupils were shown around the old children’s ward and were left open-mouthed by how bright and spacious the new wards are in comparison.

Student support teacher David Brown, who accompanied the children on their visit, said: “It has been amazing to see the difference between the old wards and the new.

“We do things in school which are for national charities but the pupils really got behind this because this is something local. Some of the children have actually been on these wards as patients too.

“It’s created a really good team-building ethos within the group. I can see their enthusiasm and that’s been recognised by the hospital.”

Hayley Collis, Charity Fundraiser from Bradford Hospitals Children’s Charity, presented the 13 Bingley pupils with a plaque to thank them for their efforts. It will be erected on ward 32.

Amazing contribution

Hayley said: “All of the Bingley pupils have made an amazing contribution to the new children’s unit and we can’t thank them enough. We are going to maintain our relationship in the years to come.”

Bingley Grammar students have already worked on mood boards and features for the new paediatric wards and adolescent lounge, which are nearing completion and form part of BRI’s new £28 million hospital wing.

The hospital has worked with Gilling Dod Architects on the design of the new wing but the Lancashire-based business and BRI were keen to get input from young people when it came to making young patients feel at home.

Other ideas set to be incorporated into the new Children’s and Young Person’s Unit include interactive areas such as a ‘blackboard wall’, where young patients can doodle, a selfie wall where they can post pictures and notes for friends, and shelves for books.

The new children’s unit will open to patients on March 23.