As the commemoration of VE Day on 8th May approaches, can you help to “Remember Our Past Heroes by Supporting Today’s” by donating personal care items, edible treats and handmade thank-you cards?
On Sunday 10th May a contactless drop off system will be setup at the Village Hall from 10am to 2pm. Strict social distancing rules will be in place.
From there, all of the items collected will be delivered to the frontline teams at The South Central Ambulance Service, Abingdon Hospital and those distributing to the Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Community teams. The target is to gather enough donations for 300 care packs. With your help, it can be done.
- Provide a cake / traybake / cup cakes / flapjacks / biscuits (homemade or shop bought)?
- Provide individual, pre-packaged, non-perishable healthy snacks – nuts, seeds, dried fruit – or individual bars of chocolate, packets of Werther’s Original, tea bags or instant coffee?
- Donate new and unused personal care items such as hand wash, hand cream, shower gel, face wipes and moisturiser, deodorant, lip balm or laundry tablets for washing uniforms?
- Could your children make thank-you cards to be included?
- Rally support from local businesses or organisations you are involved with to generate donations?
Let the organisers know what you would like to donate by contacting email@example.com. If you cannot get to the Village Hall, but would still like to donate, items can be collected from Long or Little Wittenham on the day. Please get in touch.
Home-baked items will need to be labelled clearly with ingredients and MUST NOT contain fresh fillings including cream.
Please wrap items securely in foil or cling-film since it will not be possible to return any packaging / containers to you.
And please wash your hands thoroughly during the preparation process and before all deliveries to the Village Hall.
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As an NHS nurse at the Churchill, can I just say how grateful we all our for donations like this. Thing’s aren’t great at the moment but the support is really appreciated, especially at the moment when shops often open later and close earlier than our shifts!
Cards and pictures are all VERY appreciated, every one is put up either in our staff rooms, wards or corridors.
I will email Emma but if you happen to have in your drawers and no longer need what would be amazingly useful would be
– Ice packs that can go in the freezer or any way to cool down. The wards are already over 25C and are normally over 30C in the summer anyway. Fans and ice machines have been banned by infection control because of coronavirus and we’re encouraged not to leave the ward during the shift so as not to waste PPE. All the aprons, masks and googles we wear are very hot. Someone gave us the packing a chilled delivery came in which can be refrozen… very well used, to cool down staff and bring down swelling.
– Any old MP3 players you don’t use. These are especially useful for dementia patients for reminiscence therapy at the moment when nursing staff are stretched. If you haven’t encountered RT before please watch this 3min video, it’s amazing.
If you would like it would be amazing if you could choose something to go on the iPod and do a card, patients really love to know an extra person is thinking of them when no visitors are allowed. Most popular is 1940s/1950s music but if you include a note explaining what you have put on we are good at matching to the right patient. We can provide new headphones.
Sorry to ask so much, but if either of those things are sitting in a drawer not being used, we will definitely use it for you. Because they will be going to covid patients we can’t return them so please don’t give anything you are still using.
Thank you so much.