Bedfordshire Police officers and staff donate presents to elderly patients at Bedford Hospital

Bedford Hospital entrance

Staff and officers at Bedfordshire police have shown they’re filled with the spirit of Christmas by donating presents to elderly patients at Bedford Hospital.

Many of the patients will be spending Christmas Day receiving treatment, and sadly without any visitors. In some instances, this will be the only Christmas present they receive.

70 present bags were delivered to the elderly patients who will be spending Christmas at Bedford Hospital and also L&D Hospital.

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PCSOs and hospital staff with presents at the L&D hospital

Gifts in the bags range from bath and hand cream gift sets, puzzle books, warm clothes and radios were donated and dropped off by PCSOs.

“We are so grateful to our colleagues at Bedfordshire Police for the fantastic support they give to the NHS, and to our hospitals, our staff, and our patients,” said Liz Lees, Chief Nurse at Bedfordshire Hospitals.

“We always look forward to their visits at Christmas when they come in to meet our patients. Unfortunately, because of COVID, we won’t be able to meet them in person this year, but they have kindly donated lots of presents for our elderly patients which we will distribute on their behalf. Thank you so much.”

Officers were not to able to hand presents to the patients directly, due to restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, they were handed to ward staff outside of the hospital, who will then deliver the presents to patients over the Christmas period once they have been quarantined for infection control purposes.

Chief Constable Garry Forsyth added: “This year has been difficult for everyone but in particular the elderly who have spent time alone in isolation and have not been able to receive visits from friends and family members at home and in hospital.

“It is important that they feel loved and appreciated, especially at Christmas where many of them will be spending time in hospital unwell and alone.

“I would like to thank my officers and staff for digging deep to support such a fantastic cause and to the hospital for allowing us to spread some festive cheer to the elderly patients”.

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