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Mental health staff bring Christmas to the community

20 Dec 2012

Staff from West London Mental Health Trust (WLMHT) have brought Christmas cheer to some of their Ealing based patients by delivering special hampers this week.

Over the last few years, the Ealing Crisis Resolution Home Treatment (CRHT) team have been raising money for charity by running a tuck shop. Each Christmas, the money raised along with further contributions from the team, is spent creating hampers for patients who would otherwise not be able to celebrate Christmas in a traditional manner.

This year’s hampers include turkey, vegetables and all the trimmings for an enjoyable Christmas feast. There are even a few extra treats like chocolates and a delicious Christmas cake made by Trust Doctor, Hayley Fearnhead.

The hamper contents have been carefully selected to ensure that the patients are able to prepare and enjoy their meals without complication. Remaining money was put towards presents for the children of a service user which was very well received. 

Sangeeta Rukunny, Acting Manager for the CRHT team told us, “The team are very committed to creating these hampers. Christmas can be a hard time of year for many people and we hope that the patients receiving these hampers will be able to celebrate Christmas and join in the festivities. We all strongly believe in the Trust’s “We care to make a difference” vision and hope that we can make the difference to the lives of those that we care for at this special time of year.”