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Christmas gifts for patients December 2018

Thank you for your interest in supporting University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust this Christmas. 

The best gift you can give to the hospital this Christmas is a donation. We rely on charitable donations to enhance the support, care and treatment of patients and to provide support to areas of the hospital that lie beyond the scope of NHS funding throughout the year.
We raise money to fund:
  • Specialist equipment.
  • Ward refurbishments and improvements.
  • Support for our patients, family and staff.
  • Pioneering research.
We suggest that the money goes to our general purpose fund so that we can spend the money in the area of the hospital where it is needed the most. However, you can specify an individual ward or department if you would prefer:
Giving a donation gift:
  • Call us on 023 8120 8881 to make a donation by card.
  • Write a cheque made payable to “Southampton Hospital Charity” and post this to: Southampton Hospital Charity, Mailpoint 135, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6YD.
  • Send a bank transfer. Please email us at or call 023 8120 8881 to ask for the bank transfer details. We will also provide you with a reference.

Donating Gifts

However, if you do decide to donate presents we ask that you bring them along to the charity office - based in the main entrance of Southampton General Hospital (SO16 6YD) just behind the pink wall, first office on the left. We’re open Monday – Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm.
Unfortunately we cannot take any second hand or used items for infection prevention purposes.

We also have an Amazon Wishlist where you can buy pre-requested items and have them delivered directly to the Charity Office for distribution to the wards:

Gift ideas for adult patients:
  • Craft activities: colouring books with pens/ pencils, puzzle books (word searches and soduku).
  • Bathroom gift sets and items: smellies, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, etc. 
  • Small DAB radios.
  • Chocolates: including dairy free, gluten free, diabetic (ingredients must be visible).
  • Advent calendars.
  • Tea and coffee gifts (can also be for wards and nurse stations).

Gift ideas for teenage patients (up to 18 years old):
  • Card games: Uno.
  • Board games: Frustration, Taboo, Connect 4, Boggle, Rummikub, etc.
  • Computer games: PS4 and XBoxOne and controllers.
  • Arts and craft activities: Colouring books, puzzle/activity books, jewellery making kits, nail art sets, etc.
  • Construction Kits: Lego sets.
  • Small stocking fillers.
  • Themed items such as Harry Potter, Marvel/DC Comic merchandise, Winnie the Pooh, and Disney are always popular.

Gift ideas for child patients:
  • Art supplies: Coloured paint (not black or brown), fabric paint, paint brushes, glue spreaders, coloured pencils, crayons, felt tip pens, coloured paper, sugar paper, card.
  • Activity sets: Colouring books, puzzle/activity packs.
  • Small toys: Solid plastic animals, small cars, action figures.
  • Toys to stimulate the senses.
  • Developmental toys: stacking cups and blocks (plastic, not wooden).
  • Musical toys. 
  • Small ‘Baby Einstein’ toys.
  • Winnie the Pooh, Peppa Pig, Disney, Moshi Monsters, In the Night Garden, and superheroes.


Helpful Hints:

We ask that all gifts are received into the hospital by Friday 14 December 2018. All gifts will be checked, wrapped and distributed around the hospital for our medical staff to give to patients on Christmas Day.
  • Please do not wrap the gifts. This will enable us to match your gift to an appropriate patient. You can donate wrapping paper with the items though.
  • Please keep the cost of each gift under £10 where possible. It is preferable to give patients multiple smaller gifts rather than one large gift. 
  • You won’t be allowed to donate gifts directly to the patients for security and infection prevention purposes.
  • We cannot take any second hand or used items.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to pay for the cost of collecting your gifts or delivering them to the hospital. 
We also have an Amazon Wishlist where you can buy pre-requested items and have them delivered directly to the Charity Office for distribution to the wards:
We rely heavily on support from our local community, and donations like yours make a real difference. Once again, thank you so much for your support. We really couldn’t deliver the same level of care to the patients and their families without the incredible generosity of our amazing supporters like yourself – you’re a superstar!

Christmas gifts for patients 2018

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