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Kingdom donates giant teddy bear to children’s hospital

clip_image002Kingdom was very pleased to donate a giant teddy bear to Manchester Children’s Hospital recently.

The seven and a half feet tall teddy bear, named Otis, was purchased by Kingdom back in early November as part of their Children in Need fundraising. He wore the Pudsey bear bandana in the run up to the event.

After Children in Need was over however, Kingdom needed to find a new home for Otis, as he was rather too big to stay at Kingdom’s National Support Centre in Newton-le-Willows.

Kingdom therefore contacted Ronald McDonald House at the nearby Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (who Kingdom provide security services to) and asked them if they would like to adopt Otis.

The Children’s Hospital was very happy to accept Otis, and he was delivered there by Kingdom’s Ian McCaffary and Kingdom’s Colleague Welfare Manager Jenny Cook in January, complete with his own suitcase and security badge!

Ronald McDonald House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families with children receiving treatment in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit. It was opened in May 2012. In 2015, Ronald McDonald House Manchester helped 970 families to stay close to their children whilst they were in hospital. It houses 60 en-suite rooms over five floors and includes a wide range of facilities. It is also open to families coming to the hospital for day care, and is more than just a place to stay, offering comfort, support and a safe environment where families can interact, share their experiences and know that they will always have a shoulder to cry on.

Ronald McDonald House Manchester is directly opposite the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. Families therefore travel from far and wide to get there, which is why the services of Ronald McDonald House are so important. The hospital sees 220,000 patient visits each year across a range of specialities, including oncology, haematology, bone marrow transplant, burns, genetics and orthopaedics. With 371 beds it is the largest single-site children’s hospital in the UK.

Kingdom believes that it is crucial to their core business success to act responsibly as a business, with the highest social, environmental and ethical standards. They want to achieve financial success, but also want to create value for their stakeholders - from shareholders to customers, colleagues to business partners, and society as a whole.

Corporate responsibility informs everything they do, and is deeply embedded in their core company values. These values influence their approach to work and guide the way they treat their colleagues, their customers and grow their business.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.