A child’s Christmas

Markahli Downey was all smiles with Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, as his aunt Joy and cousin Ashley look on.

It is said that Christmas is for the children; and yesterday evening it was all about them when Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave, Minister of Health Donville Inniss and other officials made their annual visit to the Paediatric Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The time spent was short but it was very sweet. The Head of State came in almost resembling Santa Claus; bearing gifts, greeting and interacting with everyone, including parents and ward nurses. In turn, Lady Belgrave took on the role of Mrs. Claus, as she handed out the presents, lighting up the faces of many of the young ones who have called the ward home for months.

Watching the children visibly overjoyed as they held their gifts tightly and with constant smiles on their faces although being told by their parents they could not open the gifts just yet, Inniss said that the event was the one he looked forward to most at Christmas.

Upon entering the ward, visitors were greeted by the sweet sounds of The St. Michael School Choir. Ably led by Principal Shelton Perkins, they entertained the little ones with Christmas tunes even spicing some up with their own remake. (KC)†

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