Ninewells staff support local children this Christmas
For the second year, staff in Ward 10 at Ninewells Hospital have donated Christmas parcels to local disadvantaged children instead of buying each other a secret Santa gift.
Staff nurse Adele McOmish said, “Instead of our secret Santa presents, we decided to buy gifts for local children who may not receive a present from Santa. It’s such a good cause and we are fortunate enough to be able to this.
“This year we have collected 45 gifts. Thank you to everyone who took part.”
Big hearts all year
The occupational therapy team at Royal Victoria Hospital have been spreading good cheer throughout 2018 by supporting various charities and donating to wards at the hospital.
The team donated to Dundee Food Bank last Christmas and decided to continue their charity donations throughout the year. It has been an extremely busy 12 months with the team donating parcels to:
- Dundee Food Bank (three donations)
- Homeless Shelter for Women
- Homeless Shelter for Men
- RSPCA at Peterden
- Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 at Royal Victoria Hospital (toiletries for patients)
- Dundee City Council Christmas Toy Appeal
This Christmas, the OT team has chosen to support the Radio Tay Children’s Toy Appeal by donating to the charity instead of giving Christmas cards.
OT team lead Liz Will said, “I am very proud of the staff as they have shown that they not only have big hearts but also a real commitment to supporting local charities and patients in Royal Victoria Hospital.
“Every month this year the team has donated to a charity and that really does show just how dedicated they are. They are not planning on stopping their charitable activities and they are already considering which charities to support in 2019.”
Perth Royal Infirmary staff donate gifts for young carers
A group of staff from Perth Royal Infirmary have shown their Christmas spirit by collecting gifts for young carers in Perth.
Charge nurse Paul Cunningham asked his colleagues in ward 4 to donate toys and gifts instead of sending Christmas cards. All of the presents were then given to Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Services (PKAVS) to hand out to primary school children in Perth who care for relatives.
Paul said, “This is the second year we have donated gifts to PKAVS for young carers and I’m delighted that we managed to collect even more presents than last year. I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff who contributed.”
Dundee Stars visit Tayside Children’s Hospital
Local ice hockey team, Dundee Stars visited Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells to hand out teddies gathered at last week’s teddy-toss game.
Last Sunday’s game saw a record number of teddies hit the ice following Francois Bouchard’s second period goal.
Stars general manager Omar Pacha said, “The teddy-toss is a fantastic tradition in hockey. As an organisation, we are continuing to work proactively with the Dundee community and this year’s record breaking number of teddies is another great indication of the progress that has taken place this season within Stars in the Community.”
Play specialist Una Paton said, “The children had great fun and were very excited to meet the team and choose a teddy. Thank you for thinking of us at this time of year.”
Army donates to Tayside Children’s Hospital
Members of the 71 Engineer Regiment from the army station at Leuchars donated a PS4, games and controllers, plus toys, selection boxes and a £50 gift card to the Tayside Children’s Hospital.
WO1 Regiment Sergeant Major Flood said, “Members of the regiment put £1.50 per month into our charity pot. At the end of the year we choose multiple charities around the UK to donate the proceeds to.
“This year one of the charities we chose is the children’s hospital as a colleague’s son was treated here earlier this year and we wanted to say thank you for the care he received.”
Accepting the donation, play specialist Maxine Roy said, “Thank you to everyone at the 71 Engineer Regiment for their very generous donation. The children will enjoy playing with the toys, especially the PS4.”