Oxford Health Charity is appealing for donations to help fill boxes of morale-boosting treats for our staff working in our hospitals, in our mental health settings and out in our communities.

It wants every pack that’s sent out to nurses, doctors, therapists, mental health professionals and support teams – to be brimming with goodies that show just how much they are appreciated.

Can you make a donation of non-perishable goods such as cereal bars, soup, biscuits, tea/coffee and skincare products or other items that you feel will raise spirits and create a feelgood factor.

Kerry Rogers, Director of Corporate Affairs said: “It’s been a really tough year for thousands of staff at Oxford Health who have never eased off in delivering excellent care and keeping services operating throughout lockdowns and the complex demands of the Coronavirus pandemic. Now they are bracing themselves for a potentially difficult Winter ahead and we hope you can help demonstrate just how much they are appreciated.

“Simple things like snacks to keep energy levels high on a demanding shift or a moisturiser to replenish skin irritated by constantly wearing PPE; these are the little gifts that make a difference. So, if you or someone you know, perhaps a local business, might be able to assist, please do get in touch.”

Oxford Health Charity is already preparing to send out the first Winter care packs this week.

More than 2,000 boxes were distributed to 215 teams earlier this year thanks to public donations and funding from NHS Charities Together.

This time Oxford Health Charity is hoping to reach more people than ever but the task of filling and distributing every box is a giant effort for the small charity workforce.

With festivities around the corner, it is hoped the December care packs can include a couple of extras to make staff smile.

If you would like to support the packs by donating or creating handcrafted items,  then Oxford Health Charity would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch via charity@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or by making a donation via our charity website www.oxfordhealth.charity.

The Charity has created an Amazon wishlist to give an idea of the types of some of the items to be included in care packs, but we are open to suggestions

And don’t forget, local businesses need help too during these times, so if you are able to purchase locally please do.