Leicestershire patients to receive gifts as part of the hospital’s Christmas appeal

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Patients at Leicestershire Hospital will receive freebies as part of a Christmas appeal by a local NHS Trust.

The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, Raising Health, is raising £ 2,000 to give a gift to all patients in the ward on Christmas Day.

Each patient will receive a gift box of toiletries, cookies, a game and other treats as part of the Raising a Smile for Christmas appeal.

Cathy Ellis, President of LPT and President of the Raising Health Charity, said, “No one wants to be in a hospital bed on Christmas Day in a normal year.

“But with COVID-related visitation restrictions, it’s hard to be away from your loved ones. Some of our hospital patients will not be able to see a loved one face to face throughout their stay.

“We hope this campaign will tell our patients – those with physical or mental health issues – how much the public thinks of them.”

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In 2020, the association provided gifts to more than 500 patients in mental health services, community hospitals and the child and adolescent hospital unit.

In previous years, LPT has worked with AgeUK Leicestershire and Leicester University Hospitals to provide freebies to all over 65 in the wards.

The campaign relied on current donations but was ruled out this year to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Both organizations will support the charity with the 2021 appeal, sourcing and wrapping of gifts.

Patients admitted to LPT in the following community hospitals will receive gifts:

  • Coalville, Hinckley, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton, Oakham to Mill Lodge in Enderby (Huntington’s disease)
  • Stewart House in Enderby (severe and persistent mental illness)
  • Bradgate Unit (Working Age Mental Health)
  • Beacon Center (child and youth mental health)
  • Bennion Center (general mental health of the elderly)
  • Evington Center (physical health and dementia)
  • Agnes Unit (Learning Disability)
  • Willows (severe and persistent mental illness).

To make a donation, visit the website here.

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