People across Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to support their local NHS this winter, by taking part in a new festive fundraising campaign.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity has launched its ‘Festive Fundraising – All Wrapped Up’ campaign, to support patients and staff at Nottingham Hospitals throughout the festive period.
Participants can choose from a whole range of festive events, from a ‘Noel-It-All’ virtual festive quiz night on 25th November, to Christmas Jumper Day on 11th December.
People can take part on their own, with the rest of their household, or virtually with family, friends or colleagues. Money raised will benefit patients and staff at the City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre.
People can also donate online to give a gift to a child in hospital this Christmas. Donors can choose how much to give, and choose from toys, arts and crafts, technology or gift bundles, to help bring a smile to the faces of babies, children and young people being treated at Nottingham Children’s Hospital this Christmas.
Neil Burton is taking on the ‘Merry Fitmas’ challenge, which challenges participants to take on a physical activity in aid of Nottingham Hospitals.
Neil has chosen to cycle 1,000km throughout November in aid of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where his three-year-old daughter Harriet was treated as a baby.
Neil explained: “Harriet was antenatally diagnosed with dark patches in her stomach very late on in the pregnancy and within a heartbeat we were being shown where she would be placed on NICU, meeting the team that would receive her immediately after she was born.
“Harriet arrived early and all of a sudden we were hit with the reality of life on NICU – it’s a life in another world! The emotions, the worries, the scares and the scars that any parent should never have to face felt somewhat easier knowing you had the most incredible heartfelt support of the staff on the unit.
“There are no words to thank the team enough and so by doing this challenge I feel like I’m giving the smallest amount back, it’s a tough challenge ahead but nothing compares to the simply amazing talents, mind-set and strength of the doctors and nurses who cared for our daughter during her first months.”
Louise Knight, Head of Fundraising at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “Winter is always a difficult time for our NHS, with pressures such as flu and other illnesses this time of year. But, with the current COVID-19 infection rates, this winter will be particularly tough for our NHS staff.
“Care carries on at our hospitals throughout the Christmas period, for our most vulnerable and lonely patients, whether young or old. But COVID has made it even harder, and this Christmas we are asking the people of Nottingham to come together to support their local NHS through this challenging time.”
For a full list of festive fundraising events, to sign up or to make a donation, please visit www.nottinghamhospitalscharity.org.uk/events