Thank you for giving the Greatest Gift

04 Jan 2019

This year, you helped us to raise over £11,000 for children and elderly people in hospital at Christmas, bringing smiles and fun to the wards during the festive period.

Spending Christmas in hospital can a very lonely experience. That's why we launched our Greatest Gift Appeal to provide a gift to every person on the children's or older people's wards this Christmas. Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to send gifts to over 1000 patients.

The gifts included sensory toys and craft kits for young children as well as dressing gowns and cosy blankets to keep older people warm throughout the winter months.

Lucy Wootton, head of the play team at The Royal London Hospital said, "No child or young person wants to be in hospital over Christmas, it’s such a special time for people to be at home with their friends and family, so we try to make the hospital as festive and friendly as possible during this time." 

Emma, mum to Liam who was treated at The Royal London Hospital during his first Christmas, says, "Liam was in hospital at Christmas when he was first born because he needed surgery at 2 days old. You kind of forgot Christmas even happened. I had no presents lined up or anything."

This year, the Greatest Gift appeal helped give families like Liam and Emma something special to brighten up a stressful time.

Thank you to everyone who donated and shared the Greatest Gift which raised over £11,000 in total.

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