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Milton Keynes’ youngest swimmers give the gift of imagination on World Book Day

Milton Keynes’ youngest swimmers give the gift of imagination on World Book Day

2019-03-08 
| by Editor | Posted in Craft & Hobbies, Education, Fashion & Style

For World Book Day, on the 7 th March, children of all ages are usually encouraged to dress up as a
character from their favourite book. However, in an effort to support the youngest patients at
Milton Keynes University Hospital, Water Babies Bucks and Beds, local children’s swimming school,
opted for a charitable approach instead. They encouraged their little swimmers to bring in a pre-
loved book from home, to be donated to the children being treated on the numerous wards across
the hospital.
In the week leading up to the national awareness date, Tamsin Brewis and her team of Milton
Keynes-based teachers gratefully received donations of children’s books from their generous little
swimmers. With the help of mums, dads, grandparents and friends, a bundle of books were
collected pool-side, at Horwood House, the Holiday Inn MK, Woughton Leisure Centre, DW Sports
MK and at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
Once all donations were collected, Tamsin and the office team hand-delivered the donations to the
medical team at Milton Keynes University Hospital, so that they could be handed out to children
staying on the various specialist wards.
Tamsin, who has owned and operated the swim-school for close to fifteen years, is keen to give back
to local NHS-funded organisations, specifically as many of the children she has taught over the years
have relied on the care administered by the specialists at Milton Keynes Hospital.
“The work done by the incredible staff is nothing short of fantastic so we’re happy to support in any
way that we can,” she said. “Many of the children staying on the Children’s Ward are going through
a really scary time. Reaching for book is a great way to escape the uncertainty of being away from
home, whether they are the patient, or perhaps visiting an unwell sibling or loved one. We hope our
donations put a smile on the faces of some local children who might really need the escape.
“Thank you to all of the children who donated so many lovely books. It’s so wonderful to see just
how much our families are willing to support others in their time of need – we’re hoping we can
repeat these collections again next year!”

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