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Hospital Trust Thanks Community For Patient Donations 

Morrisons Manufacturing Bear Donation
Rebecca Dalziel, People HR Advisor and Lee Ayers, Technical Administrator from Morrisons Manufacturing in Winsford with Natalie Tonks, Sister on Ward 4

3 January 2017

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), in partnership with Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, would like to say a huge thank you to the local community for the generous donations received over the recent festive period.

The Trust’s younger patients, based on the Child and Adolescent Unit (CAU) at Leighton Hospital, were provided with a number of toys, games and gifts thanks to donations by staff and customers of local businesses, as well as individuals. These included:

  • Morrisons Manufacturing in Winsford who visited the hospital to kindly present 25  giant teddy bears and a number of small ones, as well as cases of wine, that had been donated by staff. Some of the bears were given to the children’s ward and the others wills be used as future raffle prizes to help raise money for a dementia-friendly garden. 

  • Sainsbury’s and Argos in Nantwich, whose customers very generously donated more than 200 toys to children staying at the hospital over Christmas

  • Banks Sheridan, an accountancy and tax practice based in Crewe, who provided a number of gifts for children of all ages that had been collected by the company

  • Cheshire West and Chester Highways and their highways contractor, Ringway, who donated chocolates and treats to the children’s ward

  • Roberts Bakery, who provided hard-working staff on the children’s ward with delicious festive gingerbread men

  • Barclays Bank’s contact centre in Northwich whose staff have been tirelessly raising money for the hospital’s charity throughout 2016. Staff from the centre visited in festive fancy dress over Christmas to present a cheque and to deliver presents to children

  • The Elderly Christmas Shoebox appeal who collected shoeboxes full of gifts from the community and delivered over 100 boxes to wards in Leighton Hospital, including the Care of the Elderly ward. The patients opened their boxes on Christmas Day and were overwhelmed with the thoughtful notes and generous gifts inside.

  • Crewe Alexandra FC, whose players took precious time out to visit the Child and Adolescent Unit to meet patients and donated presents on behalf of the club

Other patients in the hospital also benefitted from donations and activities such as ward-based parties and a number of choir performances.  The staff and the patients in hospital were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our local people

Laura Riddle, Charity Manager, said: “On behalf of our patients, their families and our staff, I’d like to thank everybody who has helped to make these donations possible.

“Staff who were working over Christmas ensured that all of the donations were used to benefit those patients who were in hospital recently. The gifts go a long way in helping to make their hospital experience as positive as possible.

“We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has supported both the Trust and the Charity over the past 12 months. Your donations, gifts and events, however big or small, really have made a difference and will continue to do so for years to come.”

For further information on Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, please visit www.mchcharity.org.