Charity launches ‘Raise a Smile’ gift appeal for patients in Watford General Hospital this Christmas

(Credit: Raise, West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals Charity)

A local charity is hoping to bring the joy of Christmas to patients in Watford General Hospital this festive season.

Raise West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals Charity has once again launched its annual ‘Raise a Smile this Christmas’ appeal. 

Each year, the appeal helps deliver gifts to patients who will spend the festive season in hospital away from their loved ones.

Raise CEO, Samantha Sherratt, said: “Christmas is all about sharing good times and exchanging gifts with friends and family. Unfortunately, many people fall ill and need to spend those special days in Watford General.

“But we’re determined that our patients don’t miss out on the spirit of the season simply because they are in hospital. Presents are hugely important – it’s about keeping the magic alive.

“While we know everyone’s facing challenges at the moment, it would be wonderful if local businesses and the local community could support our ‘Raise a Smile this Christmas’ appeal by making a donation or buying a gift from our wish list.”

Chief Nurse, Tracey Carter, commented: “Everyone wants to be home for the celebrations. Despite all our efforts to reunite people with their families over Christmas, some patients are simply too poorly, live too far away or have no family to visit them.

“Staff and volunteers work hard to make December a happy time, and they will go to great lengths to show extra care, kindness and compassion.”

In previous years, members of the public have been able to bring presents to the hospital. However, with infection control measures in place that is more difficult this year. 

As part of this year’s appeal, Raise are instead asking local businesses and communities to make a donation. The donations will enable the charity to purchase gifts directly for patients. 

The charity has also set up a wish list on its website for those who would like to buy items online.

Samantha Sherratt added: “Please be assured that we will spend all donations wisely and bring joy to patients in hospital this festive season.

“Any donations the public can make will make such a difference because patients will know that well-wishers are thinking of them. Thank you so much.”

For more details about the appeal visit: www.raisewestherts.org.uk/raise-a-smile-appeal-2022

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