Our Trust Charity are inviting local communities to give a gift to patients who are in University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital this Christmas.
The Trust Charity are asking for online donations to enable them to buy:
- New toys for young patients (aged 0 to16) who are too ill to go home for the festive break and
- Winter clothing for our vulnerable patients whose relatives cannot bring in warm clothes for when they go home.
Donations to our Trust Charity Christmas Appeal can be made via JustGiving page: Christmas Appeal 2022 - JustGiving
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.
Margarita Vidiella, Head of Charity explains how you can help: “We have been so grateful for the support from our local communities this year. This festive season we are making a plea that you once again get behind us and donate online to support these two fantastic campaigns – your gifts will make a huge difference to our patients.”
Robert Cole, Head of Nursing for Children and Young People explained: “We run our Christmas toy appeal every year and we are so grateful to the public for their generous donations. We understand many people may be feeling the squeeze financially, but if you do have some spare change, please donate to our toy appeal. Your generosity will help us spread some festive cheer as we do everything we can for children and young people who are spending Christmas day in hospital.”
Kate Hudson, Lead Dementia Nurse commented: “Offering warm clothing to our vulnerable patients who are travelling home has never been more important than during this cost-of-living crisis. It can sometimes be difficult for patient’s relatives to bring them in warm clothing, so we would like to make sure that every patient leaves our hospitals warm and cosy. We plan to buy warm fleeces, jogging bottoms, hats and gloves from the money raised by this important appeal.”
You can find out more about the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust Charity on our charity website page.