Ways to give Support an appeal Christmas Appeal 2019 Donate Fundraise A stay in hospital at any time can be hard........, but particularly at Christmas. For older patients with little to no family to visit them, the support that the Charity can give to Ward Staff to provide a small gift and some seasonal treats can make all the difference to a patients stay, and raise spirits to aid recovery. For our younger patients on Willow Ward (Children's Ward) the Children want to be at home opening presents, and parents, with the stress and worry of their child's health, may not have had time to organise the Christmas they would have liked for their child. On Walnut Ward (Special Care Baby Unit), new parents will be struggling with not having baby at home with them, and some may have siblings who are having to spend Christmas day at Hospital visiting baby brother or sister. Your support can ensure Father Christmas does visit the children and families on the Ward. As well as bringing some festive cheer to our patients, money raised through our Christmas Appeal continues to support our ongoing work to enhance patient care throughout the year, purchasing new equipment, improving environments, and other projects that improve patient experience. Why your support matters Just prior to Christmas 2018 the Charity funded a piece of equipment to help assess patients with communication and/or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). These included stroke patients, ITU, dementia, frailty, respiratory, gastroenterology (patients using feeding tubes), neurology and patients with head, neck and other cancers. The equipment cost £23,000. "We were able to offer the new FEES service to a patient who had been unable to eat solid food for a number of months following a Stroke. By carrying out the Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing we were able to assess that the patient could now return to eating solid food, which being just in time for Christmas brought tears to his eyes." Libby Garner, Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist. Photographed: Libby Garner, Samantha Briggs with a colleague demonstrating how the FEES equipment works. You can help in a number of ways: Make a donation- this could be instead of sending Christmas Cards, or in memory of a loved one. Purchasing something from Santa's List on Amazon - to help sprinkle a bit of magic on our patients this Christmas. Knit some Christmas items that we can sell on a stall for our Charity. Purchase and/or sell our Christmas Draw tickets - Call 01322 428392 for more information. The winners will be drawn in the Hospital Reception at 8pm on Wednesday 11th December at our Christmas Carol Concert. Many thanks for your support.