Council staff send Christmas cheer to Fulbourn Hospital

16 December 2016

For the eleventh year running, Christmas cheer is on its way to 40 long-term patients at Fulbourn Hospital in the shape of gifts donated by South Cambridgeshire District Council staff.

Each year, many South Cambridgeshire District Council employees buy an extra gift to donate to a patient at the hospital, which treats people with Dementia and other psychiatric conditions that makes it difficult for them to be nursed on open wards. 


Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community – a group of volunteers who support the care, welfare and rehabilitation of sufferers of mental illness - personally deliver the gifts to patients, some of whom will have no visitors over the festive period, so that they are able to open a present at Christmas time..


Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Chairman, said, “I would like to extend a big thank you to all participating staff. Year on year we are moved by the generosity and enthusiasm for this appeal. The gifts are an enormous help in bringing comfort and cheer to the recipients at this special time of year and, on behalf of the Council, I would like to pass our best wishes to all of the hospital’s patients and staff this Christmas.”


Collecting the gifts, Clive Brown from Friends of Fulbourn Hospital and the Community, said, “Once again, we are most grateful to councillors and staff at South Cambridgeshire District Council for their support and friendship towards our long-term patients; it makes a big difference to those who would otherwise have little to look forward to at Christmas.”