Royal Surrey has launched its 2017 shoebox appeal to help make Christmas special for those patients who will spend the festive season in hospital.

The Trust is appealing for the generous people of Guildford and Waverley to once again put a couple of extra gifts in their shopping trolley for those who may not receive a visit from their friends and loved ones on December 25.

Last year the hospital received more than 1,000 beautifully decorated shoeboxes filled with festive treats and thanks to the kindness of the local community was able to provide every adult in-patient with a gift on Christmas Day.

Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Louise Stead, said: “No-one would choose to spend Christmas away from their loved-ones, however some of our patients will be just too unwell to go home.

“Our staff work tirelessly to make Christmas a happy time for these patients, but for some it can be quite lonely time and mean they do not receive a visit from their friends and family.

“Last year I saw firsthand the difference the shoeboxes made and I would once again appeal to our supporters to help make spending Christmas on one of our wards special.”

You can get involved in the appeal by decorating a shoebox and filling it with a few items. Please find some suggested items below:

  • Socks;
  • Magazines and puzzle books;
  • Toiletries – soap, shower gel, bubble bath, hand cream, shaving foam etc;
  • Cotton handkerchiefs;
  • Colouring books for adults, colouring pencils, felt tip pens and crayons;
  • Small interest books – sport, crafts, nature, history etc;
  • Playing cards, pocket games or small puzzles;
  • Chocolates or sweets.

All shoeboxes need to remain unsealed and labelled male or female.

This year’s appeal is being supported by Co-Op Food stores and shoeboxes can be dropped off at their branches in Madrid Road, Aldershot Road and Woodbridge Hill, Guildford, until December 15.

Alternatively, shoeboxes can be donated directly to Royal Surrey’s fundraising team by calling 01483 464146 or email:

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