Northamptonshire Health Charity are looking for Christmas gifts to give to people in hospital on Christmas day. The charity supports Northampton General and Kettering General Hospitals and the community and mental health hospitals across the county at Berrywood, Isebrook, Corby, and St Mary’s. The team works hard all year round to enhance patient care and experience across all departments and wards, above and beyond what the NHS provides.
Now that Christmas is fast approaching, the charity would like to ensure every patient in hospital receives a present on the day. There are many patients, mostly elderly, that have nobody – this means no visitors and no gift. “Last year, thanks to the generous support of the local community, every inpatient received a gift bag, which helped raise a smile and remind them they are in people’s thoughts. We are so grateful to everyone in the local community who made this possible,” said Rob Powell, Charity Fundraiser.
Suitable items are puzzle books, slippers and socks, toiletries, lip balms and dominoes for elderly patients and toys, games and activities for the children’s wards and short break centres. For infection control, only new items can be accepted in the original packaging and not gift wrapped. You can drop your items into the charity office which is in the Springfield building next door to the Urgent Care Centre a short walk from A&E at Northampton General Hospital.
If you’d prefer to shop online, purchase from the Amazon Wish List at https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/1VSCK7UYYD28B
Alternatively, you can make a donation and a gift will be purchased for you.
Trish Ribano, service manager at Welland Centre for Adult Mental Health said: “We are so grateful for your support at Christmas. It makes our day when all the gifts arrive for us to give out as this can be a very lonely and difficult time for patients.”
Northamptonshire Health Charity, Springfield, Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BE.