The initiative was first launched in 2020 to help combat the loneliness and isolation patients were experiencing in lockdown, the aim was to brighten their day and put a smile on their face. The bags were so well received by patients that it has now become an annual Christmas initiative, bringing much needed joy and to patients during what can be a very difficult time.
Area Fundraiser Vicki said, “We wanted to spread some happiness this Christmas to our wonderful patients.
“We have been kindly donated items for the bags from various companies, so a huge thank you to Stour and Avon Magazines, The Artful Baker, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Mr Lees Noodles, The Food Warehouse, Iceland, Co-op, Sainsburys and WHSmith.
“These include mince pies, biscotti/festive biscuits, hot chocolate, chocolate, toiletries, local magazine and a cracker!”
Health Care Assistant Lisa advised, “We see first-hand how much of a struggle this time of year is for people and it’s wonderful to hear and see the patients light up when they receive their gifts. I’ve heard people say;
It made me feel cared for, thought of, remembered and it made me feel loved and spoilt.
The nearest you could get at the time to a hug.
Remembrance and a bit of everything for everybody.