The Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Voluntary Services team is once again appealing to the local community to help ensure every patient is able to receive a gift on Christmas day to help bring some joy at this very difficult time.
The Trust is running its Christmas ‘Gift Tree’ appeal again. However, due to COVID-19 the Voluntary Services team is having to do things a bit differently as they are unable to arrange collection points in the local community. Instead they are still offering a collection point in the hospital but they are also going digital and have introduced an Amazon wish list! You can access the wish list here: www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/RRLY4GDEPVKJ?ref_=wl_share.
Kirsten Rogers, the Trust's Voluntary Services Manager, said: “I am always amazed by the generosity of our local community and this year particularly has shown how incredible our community can be at coming together during difficult times. The ‘Gift Tree’ is a lovely way for people to support the Trust and to bring joy to patients and wards on Christmas Day. Many patients won’t be able to have many visitors this year so receiving a gift donated by your local community can bring a huge smile to our patients.
We are aiming to get more than 800 gifts this year to ensure every patient can receive a present and we hope our community will be able to continue to support us. In the brilliant way they have done over the last few years. We hope that by launching our Amazon wish list, it ensures that we can receive gifts safely for those who aren’t able to get out and buy or deliver gifts and should minimize the need for people to go out shopping or to come onto site at this time.”
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 added: “In the past staff in local businesses have also supported us by putting collection boxes in their staff areas to encourage colleagues to donate. Whilst this might not be possible this year, if you would like a poster to advertise the appeal so people can buy things from home, please get in touch.”
Please ensure all unwrapped presents are delivered to the Hospital either via Amazon or to the hospital’s main reception, Level 2 on Craven Road by Monday 14 December 2020, 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 check out the ‘Get Involved’ pages on our website.