Teenagers deliver activity packages to patients with mental health illnesses at Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich teenagers deliver activity packages for people being treated for mental health illnesses at

Ipswich teenagers deliver activity packages for people being treated for mental health illnesses at Ipswich Hospital - Credit: Archant

Teenagers who raised more than £500 for activity packages for people being treated for mental illness at Ipswich Hospital saw their efforts come to fruition when they made the delivery this week.

The group of 16 and 17-year-olds raised the money as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative by arranging a fete and selling homemade t-shirts.

The activity packages include board games, art supplies, DVDs, beauty products and adult colouring books are designed to keep patients who are receiving care from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in the Woodlands Unit entertained in the evenings.

They also paid for popcorn for patients to enjoy while watching their DVDs, and have enough money left over for a pizza night.

Molly Steward, group leader with NCS, said: “We were really pleased to raise so much for this worthwhile cause and hope that the patients at Woodlands enjoy the gifts which the group have chosen for them.


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“Several of the group have experienced mental health problems, so unanimously voted to support NSFT. They have shown fantastic drive and determination throughout the project and we are very proud of them all.”

Tara Brown, modern matron at Woodlands, said: “We are really grateful that the group chose to do something special for the people who are receiving care at Woodlands. The care packages are a brilliant idea and will make a real difference to those on the ward.

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“We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to raise this fantastic sum.”

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