Jigsaws donated to Southmead Hospital for patients to enjoy at Christmas

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas has come early to wards at Southmead Hospital Bristol with jigsaws being donated to wards.

Jumbo Games made the donation to Southmead Hospital Charity after a jigsaw amnesty at Hobbycraft in Cribbs Causeway. Members of the public were invited to drop off their old and unused jigsaw puzzles in the store and for every item donated Jumbo gave a new jigsaw to the hospital charity.

Southmead Hospital Charity delivered the puzzles to complex care wards, where there tend to be more frail and elderly patients.

Jigsaws were handed over to Southmead Hospital wards for patients to enjoy over Christmas

Judy Haworth, Specialty Doctor in Dementia, said: “These jigsaws are going to provide a focus for people to occupy their time while they are in hospital over Christmas.

“It is something that family members and staff can do with patients and it can provide stimulation and communication.”

Katherine Pierce, Marketing Manager at Jumbo Games added: “Over the Christmas period a lot of people aren’t well enough to leave the hospital and the donation of new puzzles to entertain them will hopefully provide a source of enjoyment for these patients. Jigsaws are known to bring people together as is Christmas, and combined, hopefully this activity will be a source of happiness and wellbeing for all those involved.”

Liz Bond from Southmead Hospital Charity said that the staff on the hospital wards were pleased to receive the jigsaw puzzles in time for Christmas.

“The amnesty was a really lovely way for people in the community to support their local hospital charity,” she said.

“Thanks to Hobbycraft and Jumbo Games for making these donations possible and spreading some festive cheer.”

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