Generous donations give festive cheer to patients

Patients and service users across Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust (NCH&C) have been celebrating the Christmas season with festive parties and tasty treats thanks to donations made to the Trust’s Charitable Fund.

Patients at Caroline House and Pine Cottage, Colman Hospital, along with Alder Ward (Norwich), Ogden Court (Wymondham), and Dereham Hospital have enjoyed seasonal celebrations, including festive food and gifts.

Squirrels, a short break unit in Aylsham for children with complex health needs, which is run by NCH&C, has also celebrated the Christmas season with a fun-filled, festive party.

Julie Sabberton, Joint Home Leader for Residential Short Breaks Children's Services with NCH&C, said: “The Christmas party at Squirrels is a focal point to our holiday celebrations.”

“Charitable funds enable us to provide a party for all the children and young people that attend the unit, along with their families and carers, who all enjoy a range of activities carefully tailored to meet their needs.”

“This year staff from G4S also volunteered their time to help give out gifts to the children.”

Gary Wiltshire, Fundraising Manager NCH&C Charitable Fund said: “The donations we receive from generous individuals and organisations help us to provide above-essential levels of care, which includes being able to help with patient Christmas celebrations and parties.”

“We are always grateful for every donation received, whether large or small. There are many ways in which Charitable Funds has supported the work of NCH&C throughout the year and has made a real difference to our patients, their families, and carers.

“For example,  over the past three years we have created new therapy gardens and quiet spaces at Swaffham and Kelling Hospitals, and at Priscilla Bacon Lodge (Norwich). We hope to extend this to Dereham and North Walsham hospitals soon too. We have also invested in training community nurses and care home staff so that they can better support patients with dementia, or those that have particular problems with breathing or swallowing when they are eating.”

For more information on ways to donate, please visit or speak to Gary Wiltshire, Fundraising Manager, on 01603 272572 (e-mail

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