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Recycling's £20,000 present to sick kids

Children requiring operations to correct breathing problems have received a much needed boost from the recycling sector.

Great Ormond Street Hospital has bought two vital surgical tools with £23,354 donated by Aylesford Newsprint.

The paper recycler raised the money at a gala ball it held recently to celebrate its 10th anniversary in its current guise.

It paid for two intubation fibrescopes, which allow internal viewing of patients' airways.

Aylesford has donated more than £170,000 to the London hospital since pledging to make annual donations in August 1995.

Great Ormond Street Children's Charity executive director Dona Selby said: "This is a fantastic fundraising effort.

"We are most appreciative of this long-term partnership."

Intubation fibrescopes are used extensively in the 12,000 operations that take place across eight theatres at the hospital every year.

Aylesford Newsprint was reborn in December 1993 when Swedish company Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget joined forces with paper maker Mondi Europe.

The new company was complete by 1995, when its latest, hi-tech paper making machine switched on.

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