Barts Charity launches Christmas present campaign

Fundraising push aims to bring a smile to the faces of patients who have to stay in hospital over the Christmas period.

Joe Lepper | 12th Nov 18
Image shows young hospital patients holding up a 'thank you' sign. Barts Charity, which fundraises for hospitals in East London, has launched a text and online campaign to deliver 1,000 Christmas gifts to young and elderly patients.

Barts Charity, which fundraises for hospitals in East London, has launched a text and online campaign to deliver 1,000 Christmas gifts to young and elderly patients.

Supporters can donate to the Barts Charity’s Greatest Gift Appeal via its website, which gives examples of the presents different donations can buy.

A rattle for a baby can be bought for £5, £15 could buy a “cosy blanket to keep an older patient feeling snug” and £65 can buy a portable DVD player for patients.

In addition the charity is looking for donations of £10 via text, using GGIF18 to 70070 or calling 0207 618 1720.

The Barts NHS Trust, which the charity works with, runs five hospitals: St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London, Mile End, Whipps Cross and Newham University.

“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,” said Lucy Wootton, head of the play team at The Royal London Hospital says:

“We really hope that our local community will support this Appeal and give every child a gift this Christmas. We really appreciate any donations big or small that will lift our patients’ spirits over the festive period.”

Christmas can be tough for patients

Emma, mum of Liam, who spent his first Christmas in hospital says explained the importance of making a donation to patients over the festive period.

“Liam was in hospital at Christmas when he was first born because he needed surgery at two days old,” she said.

“You kind of forgot Christmas even happened. I had no presents lined up or anything. It was just making sure he got out. His first Christmas was pretty much ruined. The one present I would want forever is for Liam to be healthy and not have to come into hospital. That would be the greatest gift.”