Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals Giving Tree campaign 2018 is launched

PUBLISHED: 05:30 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:31 04 December 2018

Brian Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager, Mandy Jordan, Head of Charity, Faye Ellis, parent of former patient and volunteer, & Barbara Buckley, Chief Medical Officer, Angela Bakun, Fundraising Office, kneeling, and Jessica Watkins, Event Fundraising Manager.

Brian Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager, Mandy Jordan, Head of Charity, Faye Ellis, parent of former patient and volunteer, & Barbara Buckley, Chief Medical Officer, Angela Bakun, Fundraising Office, kneeling, and Jessica Watkins, Event Fundraising Manager.

Archant

The annual appeal to bring some festive cheer to patients in Ipswich and Colchester hospitals is underway.

Christmas wrapping elf Faye Ellis, a parent of a former patient and volunteer at the launch of the Christmas Giving Tree appeal.Christmas wrapping elf Faye Ellis, a parent of a former patient and volunteer at the launch of the Christmas Giving Tree appeal.

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, which raises money for the East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, has launched its 2018 Christmas Giving Tree campaign.

People can leave gifts by the trees which will then be distributed to every adult patient in hospital on Christmas Day.

The appeal is now in its fourth year in Ipswich Hospital but it is the first time a Giving Tree has been placed at Colchester Hospital.

The launch took place on Monday with support from Emma Middleditch from Willis Ipswich and Faye Ellis, a parent of a former patient and one of the charity’s wrapping elves.

Brian Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager, Angela Bakun, Fundraising Officer Willis Ipswich, Faye Ellis, parent of former patient and volunteer, & Barbara Buckley, Chief Medical Officer, Jessica Watkins, kneeling, Event Fundraising Manager.Brian Taylor, Community Fundraising Manager, Angela Bakun, Fundraising Officer Willis Ipswich, Faye Ellis, parent of former patient and volunteer, & Barbara Buckley, Chief Medical Officer, Jessica Watkins, kneeling, Event Fundraising Manager.

Charity event manager Jessica Watkins said: “The Giving Tree is a chance for us to bring a little cheer on Christmas Day to our adult patients who are unable to get home.

“Four years ago it was recognised that some patients received no visitors on Christmas Day. Whether it’s a pair of fluffy socks or a puzzle, it’s our way to help brighten their day.”

Gifts can be left at the trees at both hospitals from now until December 21 between 7.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Suitable presents are slippers, socks and bed socks, toiletries, new books and magazines, puzzle/colouring books, small chocolates or sweets, pyjamas and dressing gowns, games and puzzles, dementia friendly gifts such as fidget quilts, and blankets.

Present wish lists are set up on Amazon.co.uk and special gift tags are also provided at each venue so presents can be labelled appropriately for men or women.

The present lists and printable gift tags can also be found at www.colchesteripswichcharity.org.uk/Christmas-giving along with full details about the Giving Tree appeal.

Younger patients won’t be forgotten this Christmas either – but rather than gifts the charity is asking people to support its National Elf Service Day on Friday December 14 to raise money for its Children’s Appeal.

It’s a day of silliness where in return for a £2 donation people can wear an Elf hat or wear a Christmas jumper.

To find out more about National Elf Service Day visit the charity’s website.

Ambulances have been head butted, kicked, and had blue lights ripped off in shocking acts of vandalism on the emergency vehicles - sometimes while crews have been trying to treat patients.

A serious incident is causing traffic and delays in Ipswich after paramedics and police were called to a row of shops.

Festive food is a big part of what Christmas is all about, but when you are receiving treatment for cancer, the last thing you want to do is tuck into the turkey and mince pies.

Work on a new business park is set to begin in the spring.

A fraudster cheated the system to illegally sub-let her council home for her own “greedy profit” - and then bought it at a huge discount, a court heard.

Today people from all around the country will be pulling on a silly sweater and getting into the festive spirit in aid of the Save the Children charity.

Households in Suffolk could see council tax bills rise by 4.7% next year if the county’s local authorities and police do as the government suggests in its local government settlement.

Retailers in Ipswich say they feel betrayed by Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) for giving the go ahead to a christmas craft market, at a time when many stores are battling to stay afloat.

A man collecting his laundry was sprung upon by an unknown man in an attempted robbery.

New research has revealed vast differences in the broadband speeds being experienced by internet users across Suffolk.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24