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Bipolar UK Christmas Donation at The Orchard

Posted on the 13th December 2016

A Bipolar UK support group has donated Christmas presents to patients at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health unit in North Lancashire.

In true Christmas spirit, members at Bipolar UK Carnforth support group are holding a present-giving event for the patients at The Orchard inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster. The gifts were presented to the ward manager Bev Craw and volunteer manager Darren Smith on 12 December 2016.

Jayne Collins, Bipolar UK volunteer facilitator said:

“We have all agreed to buy presents suitable for the hospital policies for each patient who will have to spend Christmas in hospital and away from home. Christmas can be extremely difficult if in hospital and the group just wanted to give the patients a little surprise to open on Christmas Day."

Darren Smith, volunteer services manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Jayne used to volunteer for Lancashire Care at Ridge Lea Hospital and has always demonstrated a deep empathy and a sincere determination to help and support other people.

 “We would like to thank Jayne, Cath and of the members at the group for this extremely kind donation. Christmas is a time for giving and the staff here are really looking forward to distributing the gifts and seeing the smiles on the patients faces.”

The Orchard is an 18 bed, mixed sex, inpatient mental health unit located in Lancaster which provides 24 hours a day care for patients of all ages.

A Bipolar UK support group has donated Christmas presents to patients at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health unit in North Lancashire.

In true Christmas spirit, members at Bipolar UK Carnforth support group are holding a present-giving event for the patients at The Orchard inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster. The gifts were presented to the ward manager Bev Craw and volunteer manager Darren Smith on 12 December 2016.

Jayne Collins, Bipolar UK volunteer facilitator said:

“We have all agreed to buy presents suitable for the hospital policies for each patient who will have to spend Christmas in hospital and away from home. Christmas can be extremely difficult if in hospital and the group just wanted to give the patients a little surprise to open on Christmas Day."

Darren Smith, volunteer services manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Jayne used to volunteer for Lancashire Care at Ridge Lea Hospital and has always demonstrated a deep empathy and a sincere determination to help and support other people.

 “We would like to thank Jayne, Cath and of the members at the group for this extremely kind donation. Christmas is a time for giving and the staff here are really looking forward to distributing the gifts and seeing the smiles on the patients faces.”

The Orchard is an 18 bed, mixed sex, inpatient mental health unit located in Lancaster which provides 24 hours a day care for patients of all ages.