Project Elf: Maudsley Christmas gift appeal for patients and their children

Katherine Johnston (26 November, 2019) Health

Can you help families affected by mental health difficulties this Christmas?

26903A team of Christmas elves from the Maudsley

The Maudsley is appealing for Christmas gift donations to help patients and their families this Christmas.

The trust is appealing for donations of new clothes, books, toys and toiletries to support families who use its services, many of whom find the festive season a particularly challenging period, and may be struggling financially.

Lucy Brazener, the trust’s adult mental health child safeguarding manager said: “Christmas can be challenging time for families, especially those who might be on a low income.

“We know donations can make a genuine difference to families who are struggling this year.”

Any donations should be sent to the hospital’s main reception, at Denmark Hill, by December 17.

They must be unwrapped so that staff can identify which are most appropriate for each patient.

They request no alcohol, choking hazards, sharp objects or toys with batteries.

Nuala Conlon, involvement and participation lead for psychological medicine and older adults, said: “The festive period can be a particularly gloomy time of year for some of our patients and service users and we know these gifts will really have a positive impact on the people we care for.”

Please send gifts to Project Elf, Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ

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