Staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital are calling on the public to help them achieve their aim of providing a gift for every inpatient in hospital on Christmas day.
The Send a Smile with Santa campaign, run in partnership with Norwich Evening News, kicked off on the 1st November and the hospital is aiming to collect more than 1,000 presents for patients spending Christmas in hospital.
With the final days of this year’s campaign approaching, the hospital is in particular need of gifts for adult inpatients, who make up the majority of patients spending the festive season in hospital. Ideal gifts for these patients include small toiletries, socks and puzzle books.
Louise Cook, Fundraising Manager at NNUH encouraged local people to take part: “Christmas is the season of giving and with only the last few days left to go in our Christmas campaign, we’d be so grateful if local people could help and get involved in our appeal. We’ve had some lovely gifts so far, for all patient groups ranging from toiletries for females to games for children and we’d like to say a huge thank you to those who have already donated.’
Having collected around half of the gifts needed so far, the hospital is still in need of donations, particularly those tailored towards gentlemen and older females. Books and toiletries are ideal as gifts for these groups and the hospital are keen to ensure that all patients have a suitable gift on the day.
Emma McKay, NNUH Director of Nursing said: “Our sincere thanks go to the local people and businesses who have already supported our Christmas campaign this year. We’re determined to make sure that patients spending Christmas Day with us can celebrate, and all of the fantastic donations we’ve had so far are sure to contribute to a magical atmosphere across the hospital on the day.
“We’d be delighted if others wanted to donate and help to make sure we reach our present target this year.”
Gifts can be donated at a variety of drop-off points across the county, including the Norwich Evening News offices on Rouen Road, various Lloyds branches across the county and Norwich Rail Station.
For more information on the appeal, please contact Louise Cook, Fundraising Manager at NNUH, on 01603 287107
or email [email protected].