Could you help bring a smile to a patient in hospital on Christmas day?

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There is plenty of time to donate a gift to a special Christmas appeal to bring a smile to patients in hospital on Christmas day.  Every year, the team at Northamptonshire Health Charity asks for items to be donated that they can put into gift bags for ward staff to give out to their patients on the day.  Rob Powell from the charity said, “We are so grateful to everyone who makes a donation to enable us to make sure no one in hospital is forgotten at Christmas. We have received numerous inquiries from individuals and local businesses in our community. We really couldn’t do this without them!”

Typical items that are perfect for patients include toiletries, slippers, socks, dominoes, puzzle and colouring books, sweets, and chocolates.  For infection control, they must be new, in their original packaging, and not gift-wrapped. There is also an Amazon Wish List set up so if you’d prefer to donate something from the list, please visit and items will be delivered directly to the charity office.

You can also make a donation via for the team to purchase gifts for you. This has always been helpful in previous years when there has been a need to top up gifts for male patients. Rob said, “Thank you so much to everyone who has made an online donation so far, we’ve been blown away to have already received almost £600!  The same goes for everyone who has donated via the Amazon Wish List – thank you for making such a big difference to our patients at Christmas.”

You can drop your donations into the charity office at Springfield
near the Main and A&E entrances to Northampton General Hospital, as well as
at the Volunteers Desk at the South Entrance. At Kettering General, you can
leave them with the reception at the Main Entrance or call the charity office
on 01536 491569.

Could you have a Christmas gifts donation drive for the charity and help bring some festive cheer to patients this Christmas? For all the information visit the website at