Patients at the Gordon Cummins District Hospital will now have the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of a brand new LG Smart television.
It’s all thanks to the kind hearts of the first form students at the Queen’s College who made the donation, much to the amusement of the elderly citizens at the Rock Hall, St Thomas institution.
The effort is in keeping with the school’s charitable thrust.
Project Coordinator and teacher Toni Jemmott told Barbados TODAY that while the school had a reputation of mainly being associated with good academic performance, this initiative was a way to show the human side of the students.
“At the beginning of last term, I told my class I think we should turn our focus to the elderly because we are in an ageing population. We decided on the Gordon Cummins District Hospital and they raised money. At the end of the term, we purchased items that the hospital outlined were necessities. We sang some songs and spent time with the elderly and they really liked the company,” she said.
Jemmott said the television was chosen based on the students’ findings when they first visited the institution.
“When we came back to school this term I asked [the students what should the charity be]. They said the elderly looked really bored . . . . A lot of them were bedridden, there was no [entertainment on] the ward, [but] they all came alive and were happy for visitors. The students saw that reaction and [decided] the way to solve [those issues] was with the television,” she explained. (AGB)