New pyjamas wanted: Burgess Hill mum appeals for donations to children’s hospital

A mum from Burgess Hill is asking for people to donate new pyjamas to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 3:37 pm

Louise Williamson, 37, of Dunstall Avenue, is working on behalf of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity to collect sleeping clothes for kids aged 0-18.

“It’s providing children and families with pyjamas for when they come in to hospital,” said Louise, adding that many youngsters are taken to the Royal Alex in a rush so parents do not have time to pack.

She said that small adult pyjamas in a plain style would be fine for older teenagers and that people have until July 30 to donate.

The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital would appreciate any donations of new pyjamas for ages 0-18.
The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital would appreciate any donations of new pyjamas for ages 0-18.

The drop-off point is Mabel’s Emporium in Victoria Way, Burgess Hill

“It’s nice that we can support a local, small company as well,” said Louise, adding that people dropping off clothes could pop in for a coffee.

Louise said she got the idea for a pyjama appeal from a friend who ran one for a hospital in London.

Having previously organised a toy appeal for the Royal Alexandra before Christmas last year, Louise contacted the hospital again recently to tell them her latest plan.

“It’s just nice to give a little back sometimes because, as parents, we’ve all been there,” she said.

Louise said that her daughter has had medical issues since birth that, while not serious, had meant ongoing interaction with the hospital.

“The toy appeal for me was more because we spent our first Christmas in hospital,” said Louise.

“I saw first hand what having a toy on Christmas morning is like for your child when you’re stuck in hospital.”

Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann baby unit.

The charity also supports The Special Care Baby Unit at Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath and other projects across Sussex that help unwell or disabled children. 

Rockinghorse receives no government funding and relies on donations to be able to continue its work.

People can also donate pyjamas by emailing Louise at [email protected]