Children’s charity funds £12,000 equipment for poorly youngsters

A SADDLEWORTH-BASED children’s leukaemia charity has donated £12,000 to fund specialist equipment for poorly patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.


Lynne and Beth Robinson, Keith Jones and Elizabeth Coulson

The Samantha Jones Trust (TSJT) has donated the money for a specialist 3D Pain Distraction Unit to help make the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) less scary.

This state-of-the-art equipment projects a series of interactive 3D images and games that children can control and enjoy while they undergo medical treatment.

Wearing special 3D glasses, patients will become completely immersed in a colourful world of virtual reality that distracts them from pain and blocks out the frightening sights and sounds of the treatment room.

The Samantha Jones Trust was set up in memory of Samantha Jones who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) when she was just 14-years-old and admitted to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to begin chemotherapy.

Following gruelling treatment, Samantha went on to receive a Bone Marrow Transplant at the hospital, which was donated by her sister Natalie who was a perfect match.

Although the transplant was initially a success, the cancer returned in 2001 and after months battling the illness, Samantha sadly passed away in September 2002.

Keith Jones, Samantha’s dad and Chairman of the Trust, commented: “As a family we spent most of a two-year period in hospital with Samantha and witnessed the distress that treatment can cause.

“We are delighted to offer this new unit to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit so children’s suffering through their treatment can be eased.

“TSJT was set up to help children and families through the periods of intense treatment and the 3D Pain Distraction Unit will achieve this.”

Elizabeth Coulson, Senior Development Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity said: “We’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone at the Samantha Jones Trust for their very generous donation.

“The unit will make a tremendous difference to poorly children.”

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