What a lot we got: hospital staff say thanks for Christmas gifts which helped them make the season special for young patients

12:30 18 January 2016

Thanks for giving us a lift at Christmas - staff at the Lister Hospital say thanks for all the seasonal goodies they received from generous donors

Thanks for giving us a lift at Christmas - staff at the Lister Hospital say thanks for all the seasonal goodies they received from generous donors

Archant

Christmas may seem a long time ago already, but at the Lister Hospital they won’t forget the generosity of local people during the giving season in a hurry.

The East & North Herts Hospitals Charity – which raises money and oversees projects which support patients, staff and visitors at the Lister and the other hospitals which fall under the East & North Herts NHS Trust’s wing – received a number of bumper deliveries of brand new toys, games and other treats for young patients being treated at the Stevenage site over the Christmas period.

Senior play specialist Marilyn Goodhew said: “Play is such an important element of a child’s time in hospital.

“It can be used as a distraction, to stimulate or to educate and we simply couldn’t deliver play support to our young patients without the generosity of local individuals and organisations.

“All of our play work is funded by the charity and we’ve been amazed by how the community has come together to support young people in hospital.

“We’ve had donations from families who spent last Christmas on the ward and wanted to help another family by donating toys and games.

“One lady asked for donations instead of Christmas presents, one company brought a record number of 503 gifts, and staff at a local supermarket came in small groups to help us wrap presents and get ready for the big day.

“The team at RAF Henlow helped us decorate the unit and two local teenagers raised funds with their fellow pupils and purchased gifts for teenage patients. Whether people gave time, money or gifts, we really can’t thank them enough.”

The charity welcomes gifts of money or new toys or games throughout the year – email charity.enh-tr@nhs.net or call 01438 285182 for more details.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Royston Crow visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Royston Crow staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Royston Crow account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 17:59

Beavers, cubs and scouts of The 7th Royston (Barkway) group, in Barley, raised nearly £200 for St Margaret’s Church in the village by abseiling down it.

Yesterday, 10:51

Thieves attempted to break in to a Royston charity shop overnight.

Tue, 19:41

A draft Local Plan to build 14,000 homes in North Herts was approved at a cabinet meeting in Letchworth last night.

Tue, 13:12

The Royston Branch of the WI’s morning group did a litter-pick around the centre of the town yesterday.

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up