The Crosshouse Children’s Fund, based in Kilmarnock, recently received a donation of £3164 from insurer NFU Mutual.

The charity supports Ayrshire’s children in hospital and the NHS heroes caring for them during this time of crisis.

NFU Mutual Agents and their staff at the local Kilmarnock office were delighted to have nominated the Children’s Fund to receive a donation of over £3,100 from the Agency Giving Fund launched by NFU Mutual’s Head Office.

In light of the national emergency the country is facing, NFU Mutual has allocated £1m to help local frontline charities at this difficult time. 

This donation will allow the Crosshouse Children’s Fund to support frontline NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis, and enhance hospital experiences for Ayrshire’s babies, children and young people in hospital.

Robbie Wallace, NFU Mutual Kilmarnock Branch Manager, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on everybody, including our customers and their local communities.

“Crosshouse Children’s Fund is making a wonderful difference to our community in these challenging times, and we are proud to have been able to nominate this local charity to benefit from NFU Mutual’s national fund.”

With this funding, the charity will be able to fund the enhancement and replenishment of NHS Staff Wellbeing rooms

Cash will also be used for the provision of play materials to keep children in hospital distracted and entertained during worrying times, as well as emergency care packs for parents and carers faced with an unexpected stay in hospital with their child.

William McGowan, Head of Fundraising at Crosshouse Children’s Fund, said: “We are committed to supporting Ayrshire’s children in hospital, and the NHS heroes caring for them during this time of crisis.

“We are incredibly grateful to NFU Mutual Kilmarnock for nominating Crosshouse Children’s Fund to receive a donation from the NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund.

“This generosity is more important now than ever before, and will go a long way in helping to support those in hospital who need it most.”