Pennine Acute Trust aims to put smiles on children’s faces at Christmas

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Pennine Acute Trust aims to put smiles on children’s faces at Christmas
09 December 2015

THE Pennine Acute Trust is helping to put smiles on children’s faces this Christmas by taking part in Key 103’s Mission Christmas Appeal.

The appeal which is run in conjunction with Key 103 and the Manchester Evening News is looking to collect Christmas presents from members of the public which can be distributed to children across the Greater Manchester area in time for Christmas day morning.

Staff on the maternity unit at North Manchester General Hospital are getting in on the act and have been identified as an official collection point for anyone wanting to donate a present.

Midwife Hayley Munford and inpatient matron Belinda Jackson have been instrumental in setting up the unit as a drop-off point for presents.  Belinda said: “We heard about Mission Christmas and the good work that the charity undertakes and so everyone on our ward wanted to get involved.

“Christmas is a special time for families, especially for children and yet one in three children in Greater Manchester are living in poverty.  For some families, Christmas is a luxury that cannot be afforded and so with the support of all involved in donating gifts we can help to bring some magic back to Christmas for these children.  Christmas is about spreading goodwill and we are happy to be involved with a charity that does just that.”

Staff, patients and members of the public can get involved and bring their gift to the postnatal ward which is on the third floor of K block at North Manchester General Hospital.  Gifts will be accepted by any member of the ward staff, day or night and will be collected by Key 103 on 18 December, ready for re-distribution to the children.

The finance department at Pennine Acute Trust is also accepting gifts from staff that are based in the Trust Headquarters building.  The gifts can be left in the finance secretaries’ office in room 153.  They will then be combined with the gifts on the labour ward and sent to Mission Christmas.

Hayley Munford, midwife said: “Any gifts are accepted which are suitable from birth to 18 years.  They should be new and unwrapped.  When you go out to do your Christmas shopping why don’t you buy just one extra gift and donate it to the appeal?  That way you really will make a difference to someone’s Christmas.”

Pictured: main photograph: Katherine Taylor and Kay Bradbury from finance department and inset midwifes Hayley Munford (front) and Joanne Jakabowski (back).