Christmas Appeal 2018
Please help us make a difference this Christmas to all the patients in our care on Christmas Day!
The charity are aiming to provide all patients with a present on Christmas Day again this year. With your help this can be made possible.
If you would like to help make this happen, items that we are able to receive are on the tree.
Sam Yusuf, Ward Sister on Compton ward explaining the impact of your generosity at Christmas
Rosa, Compton ward Activity Coordinator talking about the items you can donate to make Christmas special for those in hospital
If you would like to donate gifts to the patients, we have put below some ideas on what the patients are able to have.
The latest that we can accept gifts is Friday the 15th of December as this gives us time to sort through them to allocate to the different areas, and deliver them to the wards.
The charity office is based at Springfield, Cliftonville, a short walk out from A&E at the hospital and open Monday-Friday 08:30 to 16:30. Outside of these times you can drop them off at the volunteers desks at the main entrances.
If you are buying gifts online you can also get them delivered straight to the Charity office at the address below. Please do let us know that you have done this as we don’t get any details with the parcels.
Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund, Springfield, Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BE.
Donations to the appeal will be used to purchase appropriate gifts or used to support areas, like the Children’s Short Break Respite Centres, with their Christmas celebrations.
If you would like more information please contact us. We value your support and thank you in advance!!
PLEASE NOTE: To prevent infection, the hospital can only accept new items in their original packaging; food products must also be in sealed original packaging and in date. Gifts can be placed in a gift bag but not wrapped up please so we can determine the sex and age that the present is aimed at.
“Some of my patients had no visitors or family and these presents showed the massive generosity of the public to give all these great gifts.” Stacey Cheney, Ward Sister on Cedar ward
“…a massive thank you for the kindness my husband received when in hospital on Christmas Day…It was so uplifting to receive the kind gift when feeling low at being in hospital at that time of year.” Wife of a patient
“Please pass on our grateful thanks for the lovely gifts for our patients; they certainly helped to make a difficult time for them brighter.” Shelagh Cowley from Isebrook hospital
“…the patients were delighted with their gifts. One relative commented ‘this is overwhelming’!” Lorna Boswell from Allebone Ward
Last year, the Bhundia family donated a car boot packed full of items for our Christmas Gifts for patients appeal. Our thanks again to mum Sonul and Elina and Krishan.
We also received some beautifully written letters from the children at Bridgewater Primary School, along with gift items donated, and they are kindly supporting our appeal again this year. Thank you!
If you would like to get involved please get in touch with us for more details.
We have also received incredible support from The Chocolate Elf again this year. Our thanks to Claire Irving and Kelly McAlinden for delivering hundreds of advent calendars and hundreds of selection boxes for our Christmas Gifts appeal.
Claire donated calendars to the children’s wards, and then hundreds more to us for the children in the Short Break Centres across the county. We were also able to send advent calendars to several wards for the elderly patients.
Lorand Pusok, Charge-Nurse on Abington said, “The patients loved it, it has definitely put a smile on their faces.” This was echoed by the Activity Coordinator on Brampton ward, Jane Drew who said, “Thank you, the patients loved them.”
As we are fast approaching the festive period, we know this time of year isn’t filled with joy and laughter for everyone. In fact, it can be quite lonely or stressful and can lead to feeling low in mood, anxious about going out or stressed with the thought of having to prepare for this time of year.
If you are starting to feel the stress of the festive period or know of friends, family members or colleagues who may feel like this please do speak to a member of our team today. We are the Changing Minds IAPT team and we know this time of year can be difficult, so we have a team of professionals in place that can provide advice, offer support or help to put the right techniques in place to help you get back to feeling like you again.
The service is for anyone over the age of 17 and a half and living in Northamptonshire and will work with you to put a plan in place. This may include being offered a group, computerised cognitive behavioural therapy, online wellbeing groups or face to face support.
Over the Christmas period, there will also be Christmas online wellbeing courses available for you to sign up to. These take place in December both in the evening and daytime. Our online wellbeing courses are really popular as you can access them from the comfort of your own home – all you need is wifi and a computer!
You can access the service or online wellbeing courses yourself, with no need for a referral from a healthcare professional or a GP. Simply call 0300 999 1616 or complete an online form here: www.nhft.nhs.uk/iapt Don’t let your mental health get in the way of your festive celebrations.