Friends’ festive gifts lift hospital patients

1 Friends Xmas gifts

Bags of kindness were delivered to patients at North Walsham Hospital by its Friends group.

Parcels containing a mix of goodies, ranging from socks to chocolates, were dropped off to patients on the wards at the weekend.

The gifts are bought with money donated by the public, which the Friends channel into extras to benefit patients, visitors and staff.

Patients and visiting families thanked the Friends for their kindness during their “Santa” rounds on Saturday.

Friends also presented hampers to hospital staff as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work and patient care during the year.

Friends’ chairman Keith Jarvis said: “Our aim is to bring a little festive sparkle to anyone who is having to spend Christmas in hospital, and show that people are thinking of them at this time of goodwill.”

If you would like to support the Friends, from making a donation to joining the group, please visit

Pictures (credit Richard Batson)
1 Friends committee members with their festive gift bags before presenting them to patients at North Walsham War Memorial Hospital.
2 Friends Secretary Angie Batson (far left) and treasurer Carol Willgress (far right) give hampers to hospital staff Carole Neil and Sue Glegg.

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