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Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Voluntary Services Team launches their Christmas Gift Tree Appeal

The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Voluntary Services team is launching their annual Christmas Gift Tree Appeal again, seeking support from the local community to ensure every patient receives a gift on Christmas day. The gifts make such a difference to patients, and this is particularly important at the moment while visiting is still restricted.

Although COVID-19 continues to have its challenges, this year the team have returned to having collection boxes in the local community as well as their Amazon wishlist which was so successful last year. If you want to support the Appeal, please either buy a gift from our wishlist which can be found here: or drop your gift to our Main Reception on Craven Road, Royal Berkshire Hospital, or to one of these libraries: Reading Central, Lower Earley, Caversham, Woodley, Pangborne or Theale, or the Link Café in Tilehurst.

Kirsten Rogers, the Trust's Voluntary Services Manager, said: “Covid-19 has just emphasised to me the incredible kindness and generosity of our local community and how we have been able to achieve great things together during these difficult times. The ‘Gift Tree’ is another lovely opportunity for people to support the Trust and to bring joy to patients and wards on Christmas Day. A gift kindly donated by someone in your local community can make a patient’s day.

"We aim to collect over 800 gifts to ensure every patient receives a present and we hope our amazing local residents and businesses will support us again as they have before in achieving this goal. We are returning to collection boxes in the community as more people this year might be able to get out to buy gifts but we have also kept our Amazon wish list option for those who find that easier.”

For older patients, ideas for presents include toiletries, puzzle books, jigsaws, books, chocolates or biscuits, scarves, hats and gloves. Toys, books or colouring books are great gifts for our younger patients.

Kirsten also said: “In the past staff in local businesses have supported us by putting collection boxes in their staff areas to encourage colleagues to donate. Whilst lots of staff are still working at home, if this might be possible in your workplace and you would like a poster to advertise the appeal, please get in touch.”

Please ensure all unwrapped presents are delivered to collection boxes or the Hospital by Tuesday 14 December 2021, so we have time to sort, wrap and deliver them to the wards before Christmas.

If you would like more information about the appeal please call the Voluntary Services Team on 0118 322 8396 or email 

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