How Gruffalo and Mouse Entertained Manchester Children’s Hospital Patients

Stagecoach Manchester marks ten years of fundraising with the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity

You could say that the book and the service bus were made for each other. Some operators have a library on their services where a small selection of books can be borrowed from a luggage hold. Before on-board WiFi became the rule, there was nothing better than a good book on the 219 out of work. Or your favourite newspaper. Some schools have acquired old buses for their own libraries.

A World Inside a Book, on a Stagecoach Manchester bus.

In the last week, Stagecoach Manchester teamed up with Z-Arts to host on-board reading sessions for patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. This also commemorated the charity’s tenth birthday. A specially branded Gruffalo bus was sent to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital’s children’s wing.

Eeek!

At both hospitals, Stagecoach Manchester and Z-Arts hosted a series of three reading sessions. Inpatients and outpatients were entertained by the stories on the Gruffalo branded bus. On board was a special guest: Mouse, who is one of the characters from the tales by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

A young patient being entertained by the Gruffalo series of books.

Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Elisabeth Tasker, said: “Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity provides such a valuable service to patients, family and friends alike and we are absolutely delighted to join the Birthday celebrations in this way.

“Hosting the series of readings with Z-Arts for the children of the hospital allowed us to provide some fun and excitement to children who are currently experiencing illness and going through treatment.”

Saskia Metcalf, creative art director for Z-Arts, said: “We teamed up with Stagecoach once more to provide this surprise for the children and it went down extremely well. It’s important all children’s imaginations are nourished, and that their worlds are filled with colour, especially for those who haven’t had the easiest start in life.”

“Both RMCHC and Wythenshawe Hospitals provide such amazing care for their young patients, and we’re proud to be supporting their work by hosting this series of immersive readings for their patients”. 

Lucy Tunn, Corporate Fundraising Executive for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stagecoach for bringing their Gruffalo bus to visit our young patients. Our patients found the story time with the mouse a fantastic distraction from their hospital stay. “

“This was a particularly special week for RMCHC as everyone has been celebrating the tenth Birthday of being at the Oxford Road site, so we were delighted Stagecoach were able to be part of this special week and the whole charity team would like to thank them for coming along.”

An EM60 Presentation, 20 June 2019.

Images courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2019.

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