Officers of the Central Office of the Investigative Committee of Russia presented a "Box of Courage" to children at the Dmitri Rogachev Centre on New Year's Eve

Officers of the Central Office of the Investigative Committee of Russia took part in the Box of Courage charity event on New Year's Eve. They filled it with interesting toys and educational games that will help young patients at the Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Centre for Children's Haematology, Oncology and Immunology to endure the painful procedures required for their treatment.

Committee officials have previously visited the young patients of this unique institution, which provides specialised high-tech medical care to children from all over Russia.

The Dmitri Rogachev Centre is a place where children struggle every day with their illness, undergoing up to several painful procedures a day. So the centre's medical staff give them the opportunity to choose any toy they like from the Box of Courage for each unpleasant procedure.

The centre's activities are not just about treating children; hospital pedagogy is also organised here for young patients as part of the "We Learn We Know" Russian hospital schools project. "The experts believe that every day in hospital should be filled with interesting activities for the children. A sick child, by immersing himself in learning through play, breaks the circle of isolation in which he, his parents and family find themselves due to illness," said Sergei Vitalievitch Sharikov, Head of the We Learn We Know Hospital Schools project in Russia

Sharikov thanked the officers of the Investigative Committee for their support and participation in the charity event on behalf of the children, parents and teaching staff, and wished them a Happy New Year.

Investigative Committee officers wished the children a speedy recovery and return home, and much patience, health, inspiration and joy to their parents, the institution staff, the medical staff and the teaching staff at the hospital school.