Move over Santa’s little helpers – there are some new mascots in town this festive season!
Having made their first appearance at a glittering charity event in Peterborough alongside Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, these cuddly characters are about to have their own moment in the spotlight.
Still waiting to be named, the larger-than-life NHS themed Lion, Giraffe and Elephant have been unveiled as the official mascots for the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity.
Money from the charity is used to fund improvements and projects of all sizes to benefit patient, visitor and staff experience across all hospitals ran by North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.
The Hospitals’ Charity will soon be launching a region-wide competition to officially name the mascots, but in the meantime, they have a busy seasonal schedule of hospital and community appearances to surprise staff, patients, visitors and members of the public.
The aim of the adorable mascots is to raise the profile of the charity, which has Craig Revel Horwood as its patron.
Craig said: “Since I became Hospitals’ Charity patron at the start of the year, I have had the privilege of meeting so many fabulous hospital staff in a wide variety of roles and seeing first-hand the amazing work they do and what a difference donations from the charity are making.”
Philip Fearn, Charity Project Manager for North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity said: “We are thrilled to officially unveil our wonderful mascots and are excited to be finalising a series of appearances they will be making around the Trust in the run up to Christmas.
“They will be popping up when staff and visitors least expect them in locations around our hospitals and in the community, bringing smiles and of course promoting the Hospitals’ Charity and raising awareness of how people can donate or fundraise.
“Every penny raised is ploughed back into patient, staff and visitor services.”
If you would like to donate to the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity, you can do so by texting HELP4NHS to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10. All donations received are earmarked directly for patient or staff projects.
The mascots have kindly been purchased by Progress Health on behalf of the North West Anglia Hospitals' Charity.
Peterborough City Hospital, Stamford and Rutland Hospital and Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon are all part of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.
Pic cap: Putting on the glitz with North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity patron Craig Revel Horwood stepping out with the newly unveiled charity mascots.
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