Christmas comes early to patients on Alder Ward

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Patients on Alder Ward at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) were treated to an early Christmas present today.

Alder Ward, which is part of the Mulberry Unit, provides rehabilitation services to patients.

All 24 patients on the ward received a gift thanks to Home Instead Senior Care in Norwich who donated the presents as part of ‘Be a Santa to Senior’ gift giving scheme which sees local businesses and people from local communities come together to help spread Christmas cheer amongst older people.

Mark Adeney, Alder Ward Manager, said: “We wish to say big thank you to Home Instead and their ‘Be a Santa to Senior’ scheme. It has put a smile on everyone’s faces here.

“We try and make Christmas as enjoyable as possible for patients on the ward, last week we enjoyed carol singers and we will be continuing with festive activities throughout the holiday period.”

Jules Alderson, Volunteer Service Manager, added: “Christmas is a time most of us look forward to. Spending time with loved ones, exchanging gifts and sharing food are usually on the agenda. But for lots of people the festive season turns all that on its head, and it can be a time that highlights loneliness and isolation, particularly with the elderly and bereaved.

Throughout 2018 we’ve been recruiting befriending volunteers to spend time with people on our inpatient wards that wouldn’t otherwise receive visitors. Lots of our patients will be with us over Christmas, many of whom don’t have family close by, if at all. Our fantastic volunteers are now supporting us through the festive season to make Christmas a little brighter for people needing our services.”

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