Kind hearted people who donate Christmas presents to Walsall Manor Hospital are being asked to hand in unwrapped gifts this year to help seasonal volunteers who have to check each item before it can be distributed.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust fundraising team, staff and volunteers are gearing up for a busy few festive weeks when they have to sort through a bumper batch of presents to ensure they are safe for young patients and help hand them out across the hospital.
Trust Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley said: “As you can imagine, Christmas is one of our busiest times both in the hospital and across our community services as we work to give out the presents that people have so kindly donated.
“Our team of fundraising supporters have to unwrap all the wrapped items so we can check they’re safe for our young patients and also make sure that they’re appropriate age-wise and they work incredibly hard to do so. We want to make it a little easier for them this year by asking people to hand in gifts that are unwrapped so we can speed up the checking process.
“We are always so grateful to all those people who help make Merry Christmases for our patients who unfortunately have to spend the festive season in hospital and we receive lots of presents every year which is wonderful. We also distribute them to children who use our community services.”
Fundraising Volunteer Chris Pagett has been supporting Walsall Healthcare’s Charity Well Wishers for just under three years.
Chris said: “it’s a case of all hands on deck at Christmas time as we sort out all the presents to be given out. If people can help us by donating unwrapped items that will be a massive help.”
If you’d like to donate unwrapped Christmas gifts please take them to Georgie who is based in the Purple Hub on the outpatients corridor at the hospital. The hub is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.