Christmas comes early to Alder Ward at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C)


Patients on Alder ward which is part of the Mulberry Unit at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) will be treated to a surprise gift on Christmas Day thanks to Home Instead Senior Care in Norwich.  The presents were donated 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. The scheme has been running for several years now and as a result they are able to donate over 200 presents to local people.

Pauline Garnham, 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 smiles on faces here. “We try and make Christmas as enjoyable as possible for patients on the ward with festive activities throughout the holiday period.”

Pavlina Parashkevova, 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. However, for lots of people the festive season it can be a time that highlights loneliness and isolation, particularly with the elderly and bereaved.

Throughout 2019 we’ve been recruiting ward support 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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