Christmas joy for those in hospital
Southampton Hospital Charity has been very fortunate to have been supported by so many generous companies and individuals throughout December to support our patients who will be in hospital over the Christmas and New Year period.
Suzie Simmons, fundraising manager, says: “It is never fun to be in hospital, especially at this time of the year, so these donations to Southampton Hospital Charity will make the world of difference to our patients. We are really grateful to the individuals and companies for their generosity in donating these gifts.”
Sue Wren, women’s captain of Wellow Golf Club, comments: “I was diagnosed with cancer and received outstanding treatment and support from the Southampton Macmillan Centre. For me it was very important to give something back to the unit.
I was thrilled that the men’s and women’s clubs at Wellow decided to support Southampton Hospital Charity by making it our charity of the year. We raised £5,000, which I know will be well spent in the unit to help treat others going through cancer.”
We want to say a massive thank you for the support to our children’s wards:
- The Royal Navy motorcycle club met the children and gave them Christmas gifts
- A team of volunteers from Ramboll UK (engineering) kindly put the Christmas sparkle back in to our child health wards by giving up their time to put up all the Christmas decorations on the children’s wards. If you’ve seen the wards, you will know what a amazing job they did!
- Our thanks to the lovely ladies from Project Linus who make quilts for the children throughout the year, but donated special Christmas blankets for them in December
- A team from Barclays came into the hospital and made bears with the children
- ASDA Chandlers Ford donated a wide range of toys
- Tesco made a Santa sleigh and filled it with presents
- Amber Rogers and into the hospital with her daughter and donated some gifts
- Tate (recruitment agency) donated presents for the children
- Katy Yallet and the Above Bar choir came into the hospital and sung for our patients and visitors
- Active Nations donated teddy bears for the children
- Coopervision brought in a number of presents and the all important wrapping paper!
- Mary Battrick and friends made Christmas stockings for the children and for their presents to go in
- Elaine Mclaughlin brought in gifts for children
- Voice FM and Talking Heads held a charity gig night and came in on Christmas Day with the presents and donations to give to the children
- Care UK – Southampton Treatment Centre
- Graham Hendra – Freedom Heat Pumps
- Jenny Fulton – Promega
- Lynn Ringer – Suki
We want to thank Regents Park Community College who came into the hospital with Father Christmas and brought chocolates with them! Also a big thank you to Tiptoe Primary School for arranging for the children to donate a Christmas present to Santa so he could hand them out to the children in hospital.
Suzie Simmons continues: “We have a close working relationship with our local schools and always look forward to Christmas when some of the students come into our hospital and give out the presents to our children and other wards.
It is lovely to think that young children are thinking of others at this time of the year, and this donation to Southampton Hospital Charity is a reminder of the thoughtlessness shared at the school.”