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Christmas gift appeal to support children, young people and families across our region

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Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate is teaming up with Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity (HHCC) to launch a gift appeal to support children, young people and families this Christmas.

The challenge of Covid-19 has had a huge financial impact on many families and the aim is to send gifts to support families who are facing difficulties this Christmas, adding some extra sparkle.

HHCC is the charity for Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, which is the largest provider of 0-19 services (primarily health visiting and school nursing) in the UK.

Gifts will be delivered to children where the Trust provides these services including County Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.

Members of the public are invited to get involved in the appeal and make donations of new unwrapped presents and toys. If you want to get involved please email hdft.hhcc@nhs.net to find out more and where your local donation point is.

Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity and Volunteer Manager Sammy Lambert said: “We are very grateful for the kindness and generosity of the public in donating gifts for this year’s appeal. Our Health visitors and School Nurses have been working incredibly hard through the pandemic to support families across our region.

“This year has been particularly challenging for many and by donating a gift to families facing difficulty we hope to make their Christmas a little more special.

“We are grateful to Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate for choosing to support Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity in this great cause.”

Amy Martin, Chair of the Board at QE, said: “The events of this year have meant an increasing number of families facing a challenging time this Christmas. We are proud to support this gift appeal, organised by such a wonderful charity. We hope that our gifts bring a little extra Christmas joy to families who might need it.”

How to get involved?

Gifts for Children and Young People aged from birth to 19 years are needed and gender specific and gender-neutral gifts are welcomed. For further information and examples of gifts please visit:

https://hhcc.co.uk/hhcc-events/qe-gift-appeal/ [1]

If you would like to donate to this appeal and to help spread a smile this Christmas, please contact the HHCC and Volunteer Team today; email:

hdft.hhcc@nhs.net or call 01423 557408.

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