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86 People
Number of people in A&E department
0:55 Hours
Average wait to be seen by a clinician
2:30 Hours
Average time in the department


We are truly humbled by the generosity of individuals, groups and organisations who support us with their outpouring of donations that enable us to provide a better service of care to our patients and their families. 

We welcome all donations in particular items listed below (we have patterns to knitted items – please pop by the office or drop us an email and we can provide - or you are more than welcome to use your own patterns):

  • Patient wash packs with toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, soaps (for those who were not expecting to come into hospital)
  • Snooze packs (with eye masks / ear plugs / lavender cream) to make sleeping on a noisy ward easier
  • New or nearly new clothes for our Dress for Dignity scheme. The scheme gives a change of clothes to patients who might have come in as an emergency and weren’t expecting to stay in hospital.
  • Amazon Wish List
  • Quilts and blankets (non-knitted) for our end of life patients (36 inch/91.5 cm square)
  • Knitted teddies/dolls for patients
  • Knitted hearts (in particular red ones)
  • Knitted dementia wrist bands (light blue forget-me-not flower on blue band)
  • Knitted dementia dolls
  • Knitted blankets / shawls
  • Books
  • Children’s activity packs
  • Gifts - we can sell items such jewellery, toiletries, unwanted gifts

Receiving a teddy/doll brings great comfort for some of our patients. 

Quilts and blankets are used by different departments across the hospital to provide a sense of home comfort to our patients.  These items make a big difference to patients and their families at what can be a very difficult time. 

If you would like to donate anything please contact us at: 

Donations can either be brought in person or posted to us at:

Voluntary Services Department, Level 2, Main Reception, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, Reading Berkshire RG1 5LE.