Pudsey pops into children’s hospital wards

Youngsters staying in hospital got a surprise visit from Pudsey Bear, who popped in to say ‘hello’ as part of his Children in Need duties.

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It was smiles all round as he gave out high fives and cuddles to the children on rainforest and safari wards at Lincoln County Hospital this week.

Ten-year-old Ruby Johnson who is currently in hospital with a suspected kidney infection said she was delighted to see the famous charitable bear.

“It was very fun and great to see Pudsey,” said Ruby.

“The nurses and doctors here are very nice and the playroom on rainforest ward is really good with lots of equipment.”

Donna Wilkinson, Play Leader on rainforest ward said it was lovely to see Pudsey bring the smiles.

“The children were very excited and there were lots of very happy faces – some of the parents enjoyed it as much as the children,” said Donna.

“It was something a little bit different for the children and really helped to cheer them up.”

Pudsey’s visit was organised by staff at BT in Lincoln who had him helping out in preparation to take part in the annual Children in Need telethon on Friday 17 November.

“We are lucky to be chosen as a telethon site and had the privilege of having Pudsey for the whole week,” said Laura Fletcher from BT.

“We wanted to bring Pudsey onto children’s ward, hoping to lift the youngsters’ spirits.”