Hospital gifts provide bags of comfort

Members of St Oswald's Church Mothers' Union who have donated toiletry bags to Clifton Hospital
Members of St Oswald's Church Mothers' Union who have donated toiletry bags to Clifton Hospital
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Charitable ladies in Knott End have been working hard to help patients in one Fylde coast hospital.

Members of St Oswald’s Church Mothers’ Union have been collecting daily essentials and putting them in handy toiletry bags for 
patients at Clifton Hospital.

Enrolling member Ann 
Adams, 70, said: “At Christmas my neighbour had to go into hospital and, as I was helping, the paramedic was telling me that a lot of patients are taken to hospital with nothing – no comb, soap or flannel.

“I thought that could be a good project for us, simple as that.”

Members of the Mothers’ Union take donations of toiletry items, including razors, moisturisers and toothpaste, and put them into toiletry bags.

They are then collected by Blue Skies Hospitals Fund which passes them on to Clifton Hospital.

The Mothers’ Union have have already sent two loads to Clifton Hospital this year, where they have been gratefully received.

Ann added: “It really has just snowballed. We can’t believe how generous people have been – some people are bringing bags in already completed, others are bringing several loose items which we are putting in the bags we have put together.”

All the completed bags are at Clifton Hospital, and are being given to the patients who most need them.

Linda Broadbent, Ward 1 manager at Clifton Hospital, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these bags and our patients are very grateful when we are able to give them these gifts.

“In particular we do have a real need for the razors in these bags – it’s surprising how many of the male patients don’t bring things like this with them.

“Thank you so much from all of us here at Clifton to the Mothers’ Union at St Oswald’s Church and to Blue Skies for passing these bags on to us.”