Students help make Easter ‘eggstra’ special


Kent students helped make Easter ‘eggstra’ special for children in the Dolphin Ward at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The nine students, all studying at the Medway campus, handed out Easter eggs, toys and personalised cards to children on the ward. There was also a surprise visit by the Kent bunny (alias student Amy Burgess).

The visit on 2 April was organised by David Coldwell, Kent Union Volunteer Co-ordinator. On arrival at Dolphin Ward, the students were met by a nurse, known as ‘Auntie Annie’, who showed them around and introduced them to children patients and their parents

The Kent students involved were Rachel Johnston, Rabya Hasan, Tanvi Mahajan, Lima Calderia. Liam Barber, Gilbert Radulescu, Amy Burgess, Hazel Chan and Anastasia Borodina from Kent Business School, the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and School of Sport and Exercises Sciences.

David Coldwell said afterwards: ‘My overriding image was that of joy, the beaming faces of our students and the response, although sometimes apprehensive, of the children on seeing the bunny. Most of the students had volunteered for me over the past year so I felt this visit was a kind of reward.’

Anastasia Borodina, who is studying Business & Management with a Year in Industry at Medway campus, said: ‘I really enjoyed bringing smile to kids’ faces, seeing little kids receiving Easter eggs and giving them out myself! The best part was when one little girl started following the Easter bunny and laughing out loud.’

To find out more about student volunteering opportunities at Kent, see: the GK Unions website (for Medway students)  and Kent Union webpages (for Canterbury students).