An appeal to give every hospital patient in and around Peterborough a present for Christmas has launched for a second year.
The Love from Lapland campaign is being run by the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust which manages hospitals in Peterborough, Stamford and Hinchingbrooke.
The campaign is looking to make sure that every patient, from newborns and their mums to the elderly, will receive a gift from Santa Claus on Christmas Day.
Last year, more than 900 presents were donated, meaning that every patient at Peterborough City Hospital had something to unwrap.
Jo Bennis, the trust’s chief nurse, said: “We know that for some patients Christmas can be a particularly lonely time, especially if they do not have any visitors or family nearby to visit them in hospital.
“We want to brighten their day and show them they can still be part of the festivities despite being an inpatient.”
To help make this Christmas extra special for those unfortunate enough to have to spend it in hospital, staff are asking local communities across Peterborough, Huntingdon and Stamford for their support.
The trust has set up a wishlist on Amazon to give people some inspiration. All items cost less than £10 and any presents ordered directly from the wishlist will be delivered straight to the trust, so people do not need to worry about dropping them off at the hospital.
Alternatively, presents can be purchased and dropped off at the reception desks at any of the hospitals.
To see the wishlists, visit https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/search and type in ‘North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust’.
To make a donation on the MyDonate page, visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lovefromlapland2017.
The trust is unable to accept used items or items that are not in their original packaging due to infection risks.
It is also unable to accept food or electrical items.
Jo added: “A gift, no matter how small, can go a long way to making Christmas special for our patients.
“We would really appreciate help to make the campaign as successful as last year.
“We’re asking local businesses and members of the public for their support, either by making a donation via our MyDonate page or by donating an unwrapped gift.”
Public can bring some festive smiles with donations
A Peterborough business has opened up its doors to allow for donations to a shoebox appeal.
Microbyte Solutions Ltd, located in the Lynch Wood Business Park, volunteered to be a registered drop off point this year for the charity appeal Operation Christmas Child.
The charity has provided aid to people in physical need and since 1993 has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries.
Danielle Molyneux and Anna Fletcher from Microbyte Solutions Ltd have been assisting with the appeal.
They said: “The response was overwhelming from local businesses and residents, including Nene Park Academy and St Andrew’s Church in Alwalton.”
The appeal is run by Samaritan’s Purse UK, an international relief and development organisation.
For more information on the appeal, visit: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/.
Help disadvantaged children experience pantomine joy
The YMCA Trinity Group and The Cresset theatre are for a second year asking organisations and individuals to get involved and spread a little cheer to those in need.
For just £60 they can sponsor a family ticket to see Snow White at The Cresset, allowing two children from deprived backgrounds, accompanied by their guardians, to see the pantomine.
The package even includes an ice cream at the interval and a gift from Santa as well as a donation to YMCA Trinity Group’s family services in Peterborough. Jonathan Martin, CEO of YMCA Trinity Group, said: “Many of the children we will support will never have had the opportunity to experience the magic of pantomime which is a Christmas tradition for many families. We want to change that, and bring some Christmas cheer with the support of the local community.”
This year’s initiative has already been supported by local organisations including Arbonne International, Nexis Services, Coca Cola European Partners, TC Harrison Ford, Term Times and Buckles Solicitors.
Sponsorship packages are now available. Anyone interested in taking part should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.