Memories of Christmas Day at Ipswich Hospital from 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

Christmas is a time for spreading festive cheer and joy, and that was certainly what staff at Ipswich Hospital aimed to achieve when they donned fancy dress for the occasion back in 1979.

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

Doctors and nurses at the Heath Road site helped patients and their families to laugh and enjoy the festivities by decorating the wards with tinsel and dressing as belly dancers.

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

A Christmas dinner with all the trimmings was served, with crackers at the ready to help lighten the experience of being in hospital over the festive season.

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

Children were also presented with gifts, including huge stuffed animals for them to cuddle.

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

You can help to spread some festive cheer to patients at the hospital this year by laying a present under the Giving Tree.

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979

Carving the turkey at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day in 1979 - Credit: Archant

For further information about the Giving Tree appeal, email the Ipswich Hospital charity team via Charity@Ipswichhospital.nhs.uk