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Stamford Hospital staff hope to spread cheer this Christmas time




Hospital staff hope to spread a little festive cheer with the launch of their Christmas appeal.

Stamford Hospital’s December Magic campaign will support patients who are spending Christmas in hospital and people in the wider community who struggle to make ends meet.

Assistant site manager Sara Reynolds and matron/site manager Susan Brooks with a trolley load of items collected for Stamford Foodbank (5167078)
Assistant site manager Sara Reynolds and matron/site manager Susan Brooks with a trolley load of items collected for Stamford Foodbank (5167078)

The main focus will be to collect donations for Stamford Foodbank which provides three-day emergency food packages.

Hospital matron Sue Brooks said: “The response to our appeals is fantastic and we’re always overwhelmed by how well supported they
are.

“The run up to Christmas is a time of year when people become more aware of those who don’t have as much as others.

“While Stamford is seen as a wealthy town, there are areas where people struggle and it’s wonderful to be able to do something for them.”

The hospital aims to fill 60 hampers with the basics to make sure people can enjoy a cooked meal but would also like to add some festive
treats.

Suggested items include cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned vegetables, tinned meat, biscuits, fruit juice, UHT milk and toiletries. Items should have a sell by date of January 1 at the earliest and be delivered to Stamford Hospital by Friday, November 30.

Sue added: “It’s good for us to focus on something outside of the hospital because it brings staff together with the community.”

The North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Stamford Hospital, is also running a Christmas card competition for primary schools. Pupils are invited to design and make cards for elderly patients who will be in hospital at Christmas.

Schools can register at nwangliaft.communications@nhs.net and entries must be received by November 16. The participating schools will be entered into a draw and two will be chosen to deliver the cards directly to
patients.



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