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Rubie donates a treasure trove of books to hospital patients’ library

22 Dec 2017 14:48:04
Rubie Moxon - books

A bookworm has honoured the memory of her grandma by donating a host of children’s books to the patients’ library at Rotherham Hospital.

Kirkbalk Academy pupil Rubie Moxon recently won a school spelling competition, earning a host of new books by her favourite authors such as David Walliams and Jacqueline Wilson.

But instead of keeping the treasure haul for herself, the 11-year-old donated the books to Rotherham Hospital’s library to say thank you for caring for her grandma Deidre Johnson, who sadly passed away aged 82 in October.

Rubie said: “I wanted to give something back to Rotherham Hospital where my grandma had all her chemotherapy to say thank you for looking after her and for being so nice to her. I’m really sad about losing her but I love reading and this is my way of keeping her memory alive.

“I scored 47 out of 50 in my spelling test, which I’m really pleased about. I’ve chosen all the new books myself and donated some of my old favourites too, so I know they are really great. I hope they make lots of children happy.”
Rubie donated the books to the library, based on Floor D at Rotherham Hospital, earlier this week alongside her nan Jayne Foster.

The patients’ library at Rotherham Hospital relies entirely on books donated by patients and members of the public. Any surplus new and second-hand books are also sold by volunteers from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to raise money for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity’s Purple Butterfly Appeal.

Martin Havenhand, Chair of the Board of Directors, added: “I was really impressed to hear Rubie wanted to honour her grandma by generously donating some of her favourite books to our patients’ library. The library is a really important quiet space for some of our youngest patients and the families of those we care for so it’s important that it’s stocked full of inspiring stories. I know Rubie’s books will help to make the children we care for happier during their stay here at Rotherham Hospital. Thank you Rubie.”

For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, or how to donate books to the library, please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk.

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