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Santa’s stockings are spreading Christmas joy to elderly patients across Bath and North East Somerset

Elderly and isolated patients are set to receive Christmas stockings this year thanks to our Feel the Difference grant.

Our Reablement Team, based in St Martin’s Hospital in Bath, will be packing and delivering stockings for patients on their Christmas shift this year.

Christmas can be a lonely time for some, even more so this year. But a stocking packed with goodies is sure to put a smile on a few faces this Christmas Day.

To put together the stockings, Senior Physiotherapist Helen Court, who works in the Reablement Team, applied for our Feel the Difference grant, a £100,000-a-year fund, which employees can apply for a share of if they have an idea that will create a better experience for patients and service users.

The funding from the grant will cover all items that will be included in the stockings. Some basic essential items will be nail files, flannels, glasses wipes, toothbrushes, combs and moisturisers. The stockings will also include exciting items such as a diary, a magnetic to-do list, winter gloves, handkerchiefs, a mini-torch, clementines, chocolate coins and mini mince pies.

And, the stocking itself is a pair of non-slip socks, which are helpful for falls prevention and may also be the only safe footwear a patient can wear because of bandages or swollen feet.

Helen said, “In my memories of Christmas, I loved stockings the most. I remember chocolate coins and clementines, and a random mix of gifts. I realise now, I loved stockings for the excitement of opening them together on Christmas morning.

“Working Christmas used to feel like the short straw and missing out, until it struck me that there was something I could do. A Christmas stocking for our patients would be such an unexpected surprise and brighten up all our days.

“And so, the Reablement Stocking was born. A cheerful collection of treats and useful gifts, along with a special something extra for those patients with a particular need.”

Julia Clarke, our Interim Managing Director in Bath and North East Somerset said, “We always want to do the best we can for the people we look after and these Christmas stockings are the perfect example of how our caring employees go the extra mile to make that happen.

“It’s wonderful to know that we will be putting smiles on some faces this Christmas, especially after such a difficult year.”

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