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Staff showcase community spirit to keep public warm

Published 12/12/2017
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Derby Teaching Hospitals staff have collected a range of different items to help vulnerable people in the community stay warm during the cold snap. 

The Royal Derby Hospital’s Ward 204 has been accepting donations of ‘Winter Warmers’ like hats, scarves and hot food to help protect people from the winter chill. 

All of the items collected from Trust staff will be donated to the Padley Centre, which offers shelter, support and advice on a range of issues to vulnerable and socially excluded people in the community.

Ward 204 has received more than 100 Winter Warmers donations, with items including hats, gloves, scarves, socks, soup, tea, coffee, cocoa and porridge. 

The ward treats orthopaedic conditions, such as knee and hip problems.

Unfortunately, some of these patients are homeless, with this, coupled with their injuries, leaving them more vulnerable and in need of the support and advice that is offered at the Padley Centre. 

Sister on Ward 204, Elizabeth Mason, said: “People have been donating from all over the hospital, which is great to see. We have a lot of patients who, because of their background and added injuries, are very vulnerable and could benefit from the support offered at the Padley Centre. We just wanted to give something back to these patients to show them that we care. The Padley Centre isn’t just a hostel; they do lots of other important work in the community as well, so anything that we can do to help as a Trust is great. We’re really proud to have collected so many donations and we hope that the people that will benefit from them will be really pleased too.” 

Last Modified 12/12/2017