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Daniel makes collection box for ED
A PENSIONER who has a passion for making wooden toys has donated one of his artworks to the Great Western Hospital, in a bid to help it raise money for its new Children’s Emergency Department.
Daniel Struve, 85, of Whitbourne Avenue, grew up in London during the Second World War and did not have toys to play with during the war – and so has developed a skill of making his own wooden toys.
Mr Struve, who is well known in the Cavendish Square area, has created a number of large toys over the years and has even had one handed to Princess Diana.
After hearing about the GWH’s appeal to raise £20,000 for the new Children’s Emergency Depart-ment he decided to donate one of his creations, a small church collection box.
Daniel has also promised to donate a larger scale cathedral, which has been made out of wood recovered when the old Co-op store was pulled down in Cavendish Square.
He said: “I have always loved making toys and during the war I couldn’t get toys so I came to make them and my brother made a dolls house out of an apple box.
“I can’t stand plastic toys, they can be quite expensive and if they break they usually cannot be mended. But with wood you can always make the part that has been broken. This is not the first toy I have made for the GWH.
“I made a small church which I have already donated to the children’s ward and I have also given them some rockets that I made.
“I decided last week that I wanted to donate one to the A&E department and I hope that it helps to raise money for their refurbishment.
“I want to see the new department open because it will create a better environment for the children to be in.
“I was in the department on Saturday because I collapsed in Cavendish Square and some of the scenes I saw were not very nice and I don’t understand why people act like that.”
Daniel, who used to live in Reading, made a name for himself in the area after raising £40,000 for the special cancer hospital in London - the Royal Marsden.
As well as his recent creations, he donated a dolls house to the hospital in Reading when Princess Diana made a special visit, and even had the chance to meet and have lunch with her.
Hannah Persaud, Fundraising Manager, said: “We are grateful for this kind and generous gift, staff are delighted.
“Any money which we collect will go towards those little extras to brighten up the children’s unit, including with toys, games and artwork.”
How you can help...
IF you would like to make a donation visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/
GWH-ED-Appeal or text GWED50 with your amount to 70070. People can also claim gift aid at no extra cost.
Alternatively people can also donate by cheque, make a donation in person at the cashiers office on the ground floor, and finally you can email or call the fundraising manager Hannah Persaud to talk about other ways to fundraise by calling on 01793 605631 or emailing email@example.com.
Cheques can be made out to Great Western Hospital and sent to Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Department, Trust HQ, Floor 2, Great Western Hospital,Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB.
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