Sun readers’ generous donations help cheer young patients after family visits were cut under lockdown

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DONATIONS from Sun readers have helped cheer young patients after family visits to a mental health unit were cut under the lockdown.

Our Who Cares Wins Appeal has raised more than £1million for NHS Charities Together, which distributes the cash to hospitals.

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Beth Harwood shows the art supplies your donations bought for the young patients at Kent and Medway Adolescent Unit

The Maudsley Charity used the funds to help patients fend off loneliness on the wards.

Kent and Medway Adolescent Unit in Tonbridge, Kent, bought arts and crafts activities for its youngsters.

Occupational therapy assistant Beth Harwood said: “This will really help them to manage their wellbeing during such a tricky time, as our patients are facing a reduction in visits from families and loved ones due to Covid-19.”

London’s Bethlem Royal Hospital used the money from NHS Charities Together to buy playing cards, puzzles and toys.

Occupational therapy assistant Archie Bell-Carfrae, 24, who was on hand to take the delivery, said: “We can’t thank you all enough.”

Archie Bell-Carfrae shows the playing cards, puzzles and toys Bethlem Royal Hospital bought

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