Christmas cards spread Christmas Cheer

Anna Hodge, 14, from Garstang and William Smith, 7, from Lytham both of whom have made Christmas cards for adult patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Anna Hodge, 14, from Garstang and William Smith, 7, from Lytham both of whom have made Christmas cards for adult patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
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A young girl from Garstang has been demonstrating the true meaning of Christmas by making cards from hospital for older patients.

Anna Hodge, 14, from Garstang, who is on the Children’s Ward at Blackpool Victoria has been making cards with other children from her ward to spread the Christmas cheer.

The thoughtful children are preparing to give their creations to adult patients, many of whom do not have friends or family and would otherwise not receive any Christmas cards.

Anna said: “I’ve really enjoyed colouring them in. It’s very sad that some people do not get cards so I was happy to do them. I hope it will be nice for the older patients.”

Cards will also be given to bed-ridden patients on wards at the hospital and the Patient Experience team is arranging for a choir to sing to patients on wards.

Eleanor Walsh, Lead in Patient Experience and Engagement for the Trust, said: “Earlier in the year we had a service in the hospital chapel where we got local schoolchildren to come and sing to the patients and give them get well soon cards.

“It went really well and it was touching to see the patients’ faces. It really lifted their spirits.

“We thought, as it was coming up to Christmas, we would try to lift their spirits again with cards and a concert.

“If you are in hospital over Christmas you really miss your friends and family. A large number of our patients don’t have any next-of-kin. We thought we’d bring a little bit of Christmas to them.

“Christmas is all about children. They are so bubbly and energised and some of this joy is transferred onto the older patients.”