Donate a Christmas gift and brighten someone’s day
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust's Voluntary Services team is appealing to the local community to embrace the spirit of Christmas and donate a gift to help bring a little festive cheer to patients spending the holiday period in the Royal Berkshire hospital.
Lynn Bayliss, the Trust's Voluntary Services Manager said: “We all know that being in hospital isn’t great at any time, and at Christmas it can seem even gloomier.
“To help brighten the day for patients, we are asking people to spare a thought for those who will be away from family and friends and donate a present to our Giftree.
"Local people have been very generous in previous years and we are hoping that they will be again. We would love to have enough donations to ensure that every patient with us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day gets a present to unwrap. We are especially hoping that we can ensure all of our elderly patients, who can be overlooked at this special time, each receive a gift. Perfect pressies for someone in hospital will be toiletries - nice soaps or shower gel and shampoos, shaving kits, puzzle books and pens, crayons and stationery."
It's really easy to donate a gift. All you need to do is to bring an unwrapped present to the Giftree in main reception at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, pick a label from the tree and place it on the present. You can even add a message saying who you are, and then just leave the labelled gift under the tree. Please remember not to wrap your present or we won’t know who we can give it to.
If you would like to contribute but need guidance on what to give, give the Voluntary Services Manager- Lynn Bayliss a call on 0118 322 8396