Local children’s Christmas present appeal

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It’s that time of year to spread some festive cheer with the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity ‘Giving Tree’ appeal. The appeal was started a few years ago to help local underprivileged children in the community, providing them with at least one gift at Christmas time.

The annual Christmas appeal, , donated more than 1000 gifts to disadvantaged children and families last Christmas. 

The campaign was started in 2015 by Natalie Styles-Hudson, Lead Nurse for Safeguarding People at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland Hospitals.

The Giving Tree appeal asks staff at the hospitals and members of the public to buy gifts for children of different ages. The presents are picked from an Amazon wish list and are then delivered to Natalie, who distributes the gifts, with the help of other key workers.

Natalie commented: “The cost of living rises plus the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit everyone hard but some families have fallen on extreme financial hardship and are struggling to feed their children, let alone give them a Christmas present.

“I organise the Giving Tree each year for children and families living in poverty. I am always blown away by the generosity of people donating!  When I talk to some of these families they said that people will never believe how much happiness the presents gave to their children. They spoke about their own relief as parents, that their children were happy on Christmas day. No matter how big or small the present is the children will find great happiness with it.”

If you would like to purchase a gift for the appeal you can access our Giving Tree Amazon wish list, which includes a selection of gifts to choose from. The gifts received are distributed to local children and young people most in need in our local communities. Alternatively, you can make a donation to the North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity, Christmas Giving Tree fund, which will be used to buy extra presents for those hard to buy age groups and children who may not otherwise receive any gifts: Christmas Giving Tree fund

Notes to Editors

North West Anglia Hospitals’ Charity is a Registered Charity No. 1050601. 

If you have any questions please email Claire: Claire.salerno1@nhs.net

The full link for Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/193OA9UM6XKG1?ref_=wl_share 

The full link for the Hospitals’ Charity, Christmas Giving Tree fund: https://nwahc.enthuse.com/cf/christmas-giving-tree

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