The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has unveiled four parent overnight rooms which have been improved with the help of a neighbouring business.

Curry’s PC World, based at Treliske Industrial Estate, has worked alongside the hospital's children’s department to improve facilities for parents with sick children, after store customers donated money over the last year so the store could buy electrical and kitchen items.

Tamsen Cooper, assistant manager, at the store, had the idea of helping families at the hospital while carrying out her role of engaging with local schools to educate students on safe ways to use new technologies.

She said: “Curry’s PC World has supported Royal Cornwall Hospital for over 10 years now but we wanted to provide something solid to improve experiences for parents and staff. The initial question asked was, ‘how can the store support and comfort parents’ and we quickly noticed it would be the small changes that would make a massive difference.

"Since then, customers have been extremely generous and we have realised how passionate the Cornish public are about the hospital. We love working with local companies and helping to support local families. Geographically we are so close to the hospital but even more so emotionally. Most of our staff and customers will have a connection to Royal Cornwall Hospitals, so it seems so appropriate for us to work alongside them. We also wanted to donate a microwave and a few other items for the staff room too. We are aware of the hard work the doctors and nurses do and we wanted to say thank you.”

Deborah Charles, play specialist at the hospital, accepted the donation on behalf of the trust.

She said: “I would like to thank Curry’s PC World for wanting to support us and thank you to all their customers who have donated money. Curry’s have donated pieces of equipment that will make such a difference to a parents stay in hospital while they support their children.”

The parent rooms were opened on Thursday, October 12, and among items purchased with customer donations are bedside lamps to go in the parent accommodation, new cups, televisions, coffee machines, a sofa, wardrobes, and bedding.