Festive fun at Crawley for young patients at centre

Kirsten and Jamie, the magician
Kirsten and Jamie, the magician

Young patients at the Charis Centre in Crawley had a Christmas spectacular, thanks to Kirsten McHale, clinical nurse specialist for paediatric epilepsy and neurodisability at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH).

Returning for another Christmas extravaganza, party organiser Kirsten, from Turners Hill, had support from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), who volunteered on the day to deliver Santa and his elves, in none other than an ambulance, complete with blue lights.

Santa Claus and Kirsten, dressed as Snow White

Santa Claus and Kirsten, dressed as Snow White

Dressed in festive costumes, Kirstin and her helpers entertained over 50 local families with a variety of activities suitable for children of all ages including a magician, bouncy castle, a soft play area, an arts and crafts area, a raffle and a disco.

Kirsten said: “It is so lovely to see families coming together year on year.

“These events are such a vital support to the children and young people who attend, as it gives them an opportunity to share experiences and meet other people living with epilepsy.

“Living with epilepsy can be a very challenging an isolating long-term condition, so it is important to build a support network.

“These parties are ideal for the children to make friends and realise they are not on their own.

“The party would not be the success it is without the generosity of the SASH paediatric nursing team, the Charis Centre in Crawley and the help of local volunteers including staff from SECAmb, who helped to organise the event and make it a success.”

If you would like to know more about epilepsy visit NHS choices https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/epilepsy/ or go to Young Epilepsy, http://www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/ or Epilepsy Action, https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/