Staff and League of Friends volunteers have declared 18-22 December as “Make Someone Smile Week” and are urging people to get on board in the Manor Hospital and throughout community services in the run up to Christmas.
Make Someone Smile Week has been developed by Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley as an opportunity to brighten up someone’s day with a small act of kindness or some thoughtful words.
Within the hospital, some of the things that staff and volunteers will be doing include:
- Having a chat with a patient who hasn’t had any visitors or got any family
- Singing carols with colleagues on a ward or in the main atrium
- Saying thank you to a colleague or team who deserve recognition for the hard work they do.
And volunteers from Walsall North Foodbank will be in the Main Atrium on Monday 18 December to accept donations of non-perishable items that will be gratefully received by people in need. Members of the Hope Foundation will also be wrapping presents they have collected for young patients on ward 21 Paediatric Assessment Unit.
Special stickers are available for both the person who makes someone smile as well as the person on the receiving end of a kind gesture.
Georgie said: “Make someone smile week is a chance for us to really stop and consider others, particularly at this time of year when the hustle and bustle of the season means many people are overlooked.
“We all appreciate kind words and acts, praise or a thank you and it boosts our spirits so I thought we could really embrace this throughout next week. With the food bank coming in it also reminds us of how fortunate we are and encourages us to think of those who need extra support and help.
“I wanted it to be applicable to our staff as well as patients because we have so many who continually go the extra mile yet our busy environment often means there’s little time to show our thanks.”
Find out more from Georgie on 01922 656643, or Georgie.Westley@walsallhealthcare.nhs.uk and help Walsall Healthcare #makesomeonesmile