Local businessman, Tom Smyth, owner of leading serviced apartment provider, Dream Apartments Belfast, has donated over £1k of toys to the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast.
The Belfast-based businessman, Tom Smyth who operates and runs over 300 serviced apartments across the UK and Ireland, has also pledged to donate and raise much-needed funds to the charity in 2019 who rely solely on donations from the public and corporate organisations. He has also appealed for local Government and other corporate organisations to help him in his pledge.
He explains: “As a father of two, I wanted to give something back and to hopefully bring a little joy to these children this Christmas. We take so much for granted, including our health. To be able to help in this small way is very humbling.
“When we visited the Children’s Cancer unit to deliver the toys, I was shocked to learn that this fantastic charity don’t get any funding from local government, they rely solely on donations.
“I would like to appeal to our local decision makers and those in power to take notice of the work of these fantastic people who work so hard on behalf of these children and their families who are experiencing the hardest time of their lives and to make urgent money available.
“I have made it my pledge for 2019 and beyond to work alongside the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity to help put them on the radar of our local MLAs and MPs. I will also be appealing to other businesses to help raise money for this charity.”
The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity exists solely to support the work of the Children’s Cancer and Haematology Unit at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and their families.
The toys donated by Dream Apartments will be distributed to the children who are spending the Christmas period in hospital whilst fighting cancer.
Speaking about the donation, Jacqueline Wilkinson said: “We would like to thank Tom and Dream Apartments for this kind donation.
“Spending time in hospital at Christmas time is never easy, for both the children and their families, but donations like this do help bring joy to the children on such a special day.
“We at the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity appreciate all the support we can get to ensure we offer the highest quality of care to our young patients.”
Dream Apartments operate throughout Belfast and the UK and properties can be viewed at www.dreamapartments.co.uk. The Children’s Cancer Unit Charity can be viewed here: https://childrenscancerunit.com
Picture caption: Jenne McDonald head play Specialist at the Children’s Cancer Unit is pictured alongiside the ward receptionist, Michelle and Tom Smyth, MD of Dream Apartments.
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