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Age UK supporters make sure patients at Rutland Memorial Hospital in Oakham receive a Christmas gift

Inpatients at Rutland Memorial Hospital woke up to a present today (Wednesday, December 25), thanks to the generosity of AgeUK supporters.

The charity teamed up with University Hospitals of Leicester and Leicester Partnership Trust for the initiative, called Making Christmas Special. The aim was to ensure every older patient in a hospital bed had something to unwrap on December 25.

Members of the public brought donations to AgeUK LeicesterShire and Rutland shops and to collecting points at the hospitals.

Staff at Rutland Memorial Hospital receive the gifts
Staff at Rutland Memorial Hospital receive the gifts

These were then sorted into goodie bags, and distributed to hospitals and inpatient wards across the area.

Nikki Beacher, head of service for community hospitals at the health trust, said: “We would like to thank all those who made donations this year. It really is appreciated by our

Schoolchildren also visited Stamford Hospital before the big day to hand outChristmas cards with the aim being to brighten the day of patients spending the festive season in hospital.

Pupils from Ambergate Sports College in Grantham visited Stamford Hospital. Patients at Peterborough City Hospital also received cards.

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