Festive casts for broken bones have been putting smiles on the faces of crocked youngsters this Christmas.
Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity funded the winter-themed casts, featuring images of snowflakes, snowmen and penguins.
First to try one out was seven-year-old Molly Walton, from Stocksbridge, who broke her wrist after falling over on a school trip.
She opted for a snowflake sprinkled cast.
Molly’s mum, Kirsty, said: “The nurses in the cast room were brilliant and asked Molly what colour she wanted. She saw the winter cast and picked that straight away. She loves it and has been showing her friends how fabulous it is.
“We are very grateful to the charity, and Molly’s treatment at the children’s hospital has been fantastic.
“All the nurses and doctors have been so friendly and caring, and made my daughter feel very comfortable.
“They were brilliant from start to finish and Molly wants to keep her pot when she has it taken off.”
The idea was thought up by Lynne Chadburn, paediatric casting practitioner, who wanted to make the casts available to all the children visiting the ‘Potting Shed’.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of the charity, said: “Christmas is an incredibly special time for us here at the hospital, and for the patients we treat.
“The money the Children’s Hospital Charity raises is used to fund innovative ideas such as the winter casts – with a view to making things just a little bit better for those youngsters who are suffering from broken bones.”