It may be just under two months until the big day, but South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s specialist palliative care team has launched its reverse advent calendar appeal.
Unlike a traditional advent calendar where you open the doors and receive something for yourself, a reverse advent calendar is where you give something back and donate one item each day for 24 days in December.
All the donations will be collected and distributed as part of the palliative care team’s Dragonfly Scheme comfort packs, which are given to the relatives of patients receiving end of life care to help them remember their loved ones and to help them cope at such a difficult time.
The Dragonfly Scheme aims to improve end of life care for both patients and their relatives who often stay with their loved ones in hospital.
The specialist palliative care team also provide children’s comfort packs for children who visit dying relatives in hospital or who have experienced a recent bereavement.
The wish list for the reverse calendar includes:
- Tooth brushes
- Shower gel
- Lip salves
- Hand cream
- Mini fans.
- Note books
- Forget-me-not seeds
- Memory boxes
- Wish strings
- Wooden hearts
- Worry badges
Macmillan palliative and end of life support sister, Laura Graham, said: “We rely on help from the local community to sustain and continue our comfort bags, so we are asking for your help this Christmas.
“The comfort packs make a big difference and help relatives who are going through what is an extremely difficult situation.
“You can create a reverse advent calendar donation as a group or by yourself.
“If you work in a team you could begin with an empty box in the office and then every day for 24 days, you add one item and then donate it.”
Donation drop-offs can be arranged by calling the specialist palliative care team on 01642 854938 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.