Every donation really will make a difference to patients, families and our staff.
The Play Specialists within the Trust are best placed to purchase gifts which are age & gender appropriate for patients staying within the Trust. A donation to the Play Team means they are able to help children throughout the year.
If you do decide to donate presents, get in touch in advanced so we can make sure the gift goes to the best place possible. Items that cannot be gifted to patients for various reasons may be used for fundraising. At busy periods of year such as Christmas and Easter allocated drop off dates will be confirmed by the Charity and Trust.
Here are a few guidelines and advise when donating:
- The best kinds of presents are a low cost of around £10 each. This is so the Play Specialists can fairly distribute gifts, as it's difficult if one child gets a relatively low-cost gift and the child in the next bed gets an expensive one.
- Don't forget the age group you're donating to is 0-18 years. Babies and teenagers are often forgotten. Please do not buy make up in case they have allergic reactions or skin conditions which means they can't be used. Nail varnishes etc are great gifts.
- Please do not wrap the gifts. This will help us match your gift to an appropriate patient. However, it would like to donate wrapping paper or gifts bags that would be very helpful.
- All toys need to be new. We are unable to accept second-hand toys or books in any condition due to the need for high standards of infection control in hospital.
- Children love characters from films and TV programmes like Harry Potter, Disney characters, superhero for example.
- We are unable to give cash donations / gifts to individual patients, families or staff. Cash donations must go through the charity to ensure all families are treated equally and fairly
Please remember patients are not just in one place. We treat children at the acute site n Clarkson Street, Becton Centre near Crystal Peaks, Ryegate Centre in Tapton, Flocton House in Nether Edge, Embrace the specialist ambulance service as well as within the community.