Age UK ‘blown away’ by response to Rutland Christmas appeal

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Again this Christmas Leicester’s Hospitals and Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland joined forces again to raise awareness of those patients who were too ill to leave hospital and celebrate Christmas.

People were asked to donate a small gift to our older patients so that they have a gift to open on Christmas morning; for some this would have been the only gift they received.

Carole Ribbins, deputy chief nurse at Leicester’s Hospitals said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of local people, including our own staff; it is tremendous. This year a staggering 1,611 gifts were donated so every one of our older patients had something to open on Christmas morning, which I know meant so much.”

Executive director at Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland Tony Donovan said: “We are absolutely blown away with the generosity of the Leicestershire public who have really gotten behind this appeal again for the fourth year in a row. Without a doubt, the gifts donated made Christmas special for the older patients in Leicester Hospitals. We were delighted to have been asked to partner with Leicester Hospitals to help make the initiative a success.”

Alison Reynolds, volunteer services co-ordinator for Leicester’s Hospitals, added: “Our volunteers were delighted to be involved in the Making Christmas Special campaign again this year. They really loved being able to give our elderly patients a Christmas to remember.”