BERKSHIRE Freemasons have made a generous donation to to provide medical monitors to treat youngsters at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The organisation provided funds to go towards eight new monitors, which measure heart rates and oxygen levels and will be used on the children's wards at the hospital, which were eight short of the number required to treat the children.

The monitors required cost £6,400.

Along with the £4,000 donated for toys at Christmas, the total provided to the RBH by the Berkshire Masonic Charity equates to £11k this year.

Susan Timperley, matron for Paediatrics and Neonates, said: "We are, as always, extremely grateful to the Berkshire Freemasons for their very generous donations.

"It doesn’t matter if it’s a toy, game or a piece of medical equipment like these monitors – they all go to improving the stay of youngsters on our wards and make a big contribution to the work we do here."