The Royal Berkshire Hospital Gift Tree appeal is back, seeking donations of gifts for every patient in hospital on Christmas Day.
The appeal is managed by the Voluntary Services team, and Voluntary Services Manager, Kirsten Rogers, said: “The Gift Tree is a lovely initiative. No one wants to be in hospital for Christmas and receiving a gift can make a big difference, particularly for our older patients who might not get many visitors. We are aiming to get over 800 gifts to ensure every patient can receive a present.
"Our local community is amazing. I was overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness and generosity last year, especially when there are so many good causes needing support at this time of year. I hope the response is as positive this year. We are particularly looking for gifts for our older patients, like toiletries, jewellery, puzzle books, jigsaws, books, scarves, gloves, hats, jumpers or edible gifts like chocolates and biscuits.
“Businesses have been really generous too and it can be a great idea to put a collection box in the office for colleagues to donate together; if you’d like to let our patients know where their present has come from please add a company label.
“If you would like to donate a gift, please bring your unwrapped present (so we know who to give it to) to the Gift Tree in the main reception on level 2 of The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Craven Road, or to one of our other community collection points at:
Please leave your presents at a collection point by Friday 14 December so we have time to collect them, wrap them and get them to our patients in time for Christmas.
If you would like more information or posters for your business, please call the Voluntary Services team on 0118 322 8396.
15 November 2018