Meet the generous hospital staff who bring home comforts to Sunderland Royal patients

Hundreds of toiletries have been delivered to Sunderland hospital patients in an effort to make them as comfortable as possible while receiving care.

Tuesday, 1st October 2019, 08:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 09:48 am
Fundraisers health care assistant Ashleigh Wright (left) and staff nurse Alex Robinson, both on Ward 31 Sunderland Royal Hospital, who have donated toiletries for patients admitted to hospital.

Dedicated Sunderland Royal Hospital staff Ashleigh Wright and Cherelle McDonough managed to raise more than £1,000 following a fundraising appeal earlier this year to buy the likes of toiletries, pyjamas and slippers for people admitted to hospital.

Ashleigh, a health care assistant, from Thorney Close, said: “A lot of patients who get taken in for emergencies or are elderly and have no family, so sometimes people have no belongings with them.

Ashleigh Wright with Sunderland Royal Hospital staff as they donate toiletries to patients.

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“We wanted to put an emergency box in place on our ward to provide things for people to wear such a pyjamas, slippers and toiletries to make their stay as comfortable as possible.”

And now Ashleigh and Cherelle have donated hundreds of items to Sunderland Royal Hospital, to the delight of patients.

Ashleigh, who works on Ward 31, said: “All the money raised went on the likes of pyjamas, shampoos and conditioners, body sprays and wash towels.

Ashleigh Wright with Sunderland Royal Hospital staff donating toiletry items.

“Thank you to everyone who came to our charity event on June 15, the money has gone a long way around the wards for older people.

“We are hoping that next year we will bring an even bigger event to raise even more money ready for next winter.

“All for a good cause going towards our patients who needs these during there stay.

“Thank you also to Cherelle McDonough Susan Elstob for helping me with the event, I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.

Ashleigh Wright with Sunderland Royal Hospital staff as they drop off hundreds of toiletry items.

“Thanks also to everyone who helped decorate our room at the Barnes.”