Smiles put back on the faces of sick children as stolen hospital console replaced

Roofer Jim Whitfield with daughter Dena-Jo and staff nurse Dawn Pearman.
Roofer Jim Whitfield with daughter Dena-Jo and staff nurse Dawn Pearman.

A KIND-HEARTED father has put smiles back on the faces of a ward of sick children after a callous thief stole their computer games console.

Doncaster roof contractor Jim Whitfield, of Edenthorpe, was so appalled by the theft that he decided to replace the Nintendo Wii, worth £200, out of his own pocket.

He heard about the theft from the children’s ward at Doncaster Royal Infirmary when he was visiting his 11-year-old daughter, Dena-Jo, who was being treated on the ward for whooping cough.

The youngsters were left distraught at the loss of their favourite toy which helped them ‘forget’ that they were poorly.

Mr Whitfield, of The Roof Doctor, has handed over a WII Sports Resort.

Andrea Bliss, matron for children’s services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that Jim and his daughter Dena-Jo have generously donated this fantastic Wii Sport Resort to the children’s ward.

“Playing with toys and games including Wii is especially important in hospitals because it has a crucial role in helping ill children to cope with what is happening to them and supports their recovery.

“The Wii is particularly popular, with feedback from children showing it is top of their wish-list when asked what kinds of toys and games they would like on the ward.”

Detectives are still appealing for information about the theft, which has left staff stunned. Security staff were unable to trace the culprit because there is no CCTV on the ward.

Some children on the ward were questioned in case they spotted anything suspicious but there was no suggestion that one of them stole the equipment.

Anyone with any information about the theft on the afternoon of Monday, April 16, can contact sister Julie Jackson on 01302 553 103 or call the police on 101.