Older patients in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will have a present to open on Christmas morning thanks to the staff and customers of The Coop Group.
Staff in the region’s stores rallied around to organise cake sales, raffles and tombolas to raise money to buy the beautifully wrapped presents, which were delivered on Friday, 21st December.
Patients across the Hospital’s ward will receive chocolates, something to occupy their minds and luxurious toiletries thanks to the thoughtful Coop staff, who also spent hours wrapping the gifts.
The Coop Group has just under 3,000 stores up and down the country.
Deputy Chief Nurse Val Newton, who is pictured receiving the gifts from Area Manager Sam Winter and Learning Facilitator Tim Newby, has thanked The Coop for the gifts.
She said: “We are incredibly grateful to The Coop Group for this enormous pile of gifts to distribute to our adult patients on Christmas morning.
“Some of our older patients may not be lucky enough to receive a gift this Christmas due to family circumstances, so I know these presents will mean the world to them.
“As a Hospital, we are always astounded at this time of year by the generosity of the local community. This does not just make a difference to our patients but also to the staff who are caring for them over the festive period.”
Sam Winter, Area Manager for the Co-op, added: “Connecting communities and bringing people together is at the heart of the Co-op. Colleagues were keen to show that the community was thinking of those who would be spending time in hospital over Christmas. I would like to say a huge thank you to Co-op Members, customers and colleagues – all donations, no matter how small, will add up to make a big difference.”
Pictured are: Learning Facilitator and Area Manager Sam Winter with Deputy Chief Nurse Val Newton and the mountain of presents
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