More than 100 presents donated to elderly Northampton General Hospital patients

Alison McCullough, NGH charity fundraiser; Zoe Albans, from Dallington-based Channel Recruitment Solutions; Sue Faulkner, play services co-ordinator
Alison McCullough, NGH charity fundraiser; Zoe Albans, from Dallington-based Channel Recruitment Solutions; Sue Faulkner, play services co-ordinator

Seven local businesses have between them donated over 100 Christmas gifts for older inpatients at Northampton General Hospital.

The gifts include books, puzzles, wash bags, socks and toiletries.

NGH charity fundraiser Alison McCulloch said: “Local people and businesses always amaze us with their generosity, and it is marvellous that people are so thoughtful about our patients at Christmas.

“We’re particularly pleased to receive gifts for our older patients, who will be too ill to leave hospital and celebrate Christmas at home with their loved ones.

“We are very grateful indeed to those local employers and their staff for their donations.”

Donated gifts were received from local employers Channel Recruitment Solutions, Andy Jackson School of Taekwondo, Computers Unlimited, The Prospect Factory, Levi Strauss, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

As well as gifts for older inpatients, there were donations of toys and books for children staying in hospital over the Christmas period.

For anyone else thinking of donating gifts to an older person this Christmas, the hospital welcomes unwrapped items placed in a gift bag.

This means that products can be checked as safe and appropriate before they are passed on.

Gifts could include: lip balms, toiletries or handwipes (either fragrance-free or gently fragranced); slipper socks/bed socks; chocolates, biscuits, sweets, cereal bars etc; cordials, herbal, original or flavoured tea-bags; notepads, notelets and cards and puzzle books.

To prevent infection, the hospital can only accept new items in their original packaging, and gifts placed in a gift bag and NOT wrapped in paper.

Unfortunately homemade gifts cannot be accepted, and all purchased food products must be in a sealed package and still in date.

Gifts can be dropped off at any reception desk and addressed to the NGH Charitable Fund, who would be happy to answer any enquiries on Northampton 545857.