Our Trust Charity Christmas Toy Appeal 2023 is officially open. We know that Christmas is just around the corner, and the toy appeal is the perfect way to spread some festive cheer throughout Team LGT’s wards.
The Trust Charity are inviting local communities to give a gift to our young patients at University Hospital Lewisham (UHL) and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) who are too ill to go home and spend Christmas with their families.
They are asking for online donations to enable them to buy:
Educational toys, sensory items and equipment for our young patients (aged 0 to16) during their hospital stays.
Donations to our Trust Charity Christmas Toy Appeal can be made via JustGiving page: Christmas Appeal 2023.
You can also donate new toys in the original packaging such as baby toys, educational toys, arts and crafts sets, board games and toiletries gift sets. The Trust Charity asks that you do not wrap your gifts and are unable to accept cuddly toys.
Toys can be dropped off at University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s main reception, between 10am and 3pm each day until 22 December.
Robert Cole, Head of Nursing for Children and Young People said: “We believe that every child deserves to experience the magic of Christmas and the toy appeal steps in to help Father Christmas do this for children and young people who have to spend it in hospital. Each year, we hold a Christmas toy appeal, and we are grateful to our local communities for their generous donations. We understand that these are difficult times, but if you do have some spare change, please consider donating to our appeal. Making a patient's stay with us a little bit brighter is always lovely, especially at this time of year when they might really miss home.”
Margarita Vidiella, Head of Charity explains how you can help: “This festive season we are making a plea that you once again get behind us and support our toy appeal. It is a great way to help brighten the day of children and young people at our hospitals during Christmas and beyond. As some of our younger patients spend weeks or months in our hospitals and your help will enhance their stay. There are several ways you can get involved with the toy appeal, we are accepting cash donations via our JustGiving page, or you can drop off a Christmas gift at the hospitals.”
You can find out more about the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity on our Charity website page.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity is Registered Charity No. 1050522.