Thank you for Sending a Smile!

05 Jan 2016

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Send a Smile with Santa appeal this Christmas. Thanks to you, every child in our hospitals woke up to a gift on Christmas morning.

At Newham, The Royal London, and Whipps Cross hospitals, an otherwise difficult time was brightened up with a little Christmas magic. Patients from a few days old in our neonatal wards right up to teenagers all received a special gift from Santa.

Gifts were also distributed to children staying in hospital in the days leading up to Christmas and Santa even made a special appearance at each hospital’s Christmas party!

Thanks to the overwhelming response this year there were surplus gifts, which will used on the wards in the hospital play rooms and waiting areas; as birthday presents; or as reward gifts for children undergoing particularly difficult procedures or to brighten a long hospital stay.

You also supported us with over £7,000 in donations. This amazing total helped with the Children’s Christmas party, where around 100 current and former patients enjoyed arts and craftsand other entertainment including visiting Santa’s Grotto.

Your donations will also support the vital work of the hospital Play Team throughout the year.

CME grotto at The Royal London

“Being in hospital during the holiday period can be extremely stressful for our patients and their families," said Tara Shea, Play Team Leader at The Royal London.

"Thanks to the help of Barts Charity and the generous donations they received through the Santa appeal we were able to ensure that all the patients had smiles on their faces and spread some holiday cheer throughout the wards”.

Thank you again to each and every one of you who made Send a Smile with Santa such a success – you’ve all helped to achieve something amazing for the patients in our hospitals.

We’re unable to list all the generous people who donated, but here are some of the supporter organisations who helped to make our appeal a success:

  • 300 Aldersgate
  • Badenoch and Clark
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Canary Wharf Contractors
  • Central St Giles
  • CNBC Europe
  • Game Retail Ltd
  • GSI UK
  • Human Relief Foundation
  • Integreon
  • Jellycat
  • Kiddy and Partners LLP
  • Lazard
  • Lee Tunnel Delivery Team
  • LexisNexis
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Maples and Calder
  • Mattel UK
  • Morrisons Chingford
  • Mount Anvil
  • Ocado
  • Source
  • Tesco Whitechapel Metro
  • Towry Services Ltd
  • TTSP Architecture and Design
  • UCLU’s Women’s Football Team

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