Trust CEO and Chair join “Operation Christmas Elf”

Christine Allen and Phil Townsend join the elves

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) Chief Executive and Chair both joined in the festive spirit this week as part of Raise’s 2019 “Raise a Smile” appeal. By joining the elves and wrapping donated Christmas gifts the senior duo were helping to bring some seasonal cheer to the wards at Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospitals.

NHS Trust CEO Christine AllenThis year’s appeal has resulted in hundreds of gifts being donated by local people, staff and patients at the hospitals, and Hertfordshire businesses large and small. Volunteers were asked to help with “Operation Christmas Elf” which involved wrapping enough gifts that every single patient, young and old, will recieve a gift on Christmas Day.

NHS Trust Chair Phil TownsendWHHT Chief Executive, Christine Allen and Chair, Phil Townsend (pictured) were amongst staff that offered to take part in the mammoth task.

David Head from Raise, who has been coordinating the Raise a Smile appeal, said “It’s good to see the Trust’s top people diving in and helping out. The appeal has been very successful in terms of the number of gifts donated but of course it means a lot of work sorting, wrapping, and distributing them. I’m looking forward to seeing patients’ faces on the big day.”

“Four days of wrapping time was been set aside for the work and we’ve created quite a grotto full of presents”, added David, “it’s amazing to see such generosity and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every individual and every company that has helped.”

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Raise is dedicated to supporting patient care at Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital. More information about the charity’s Christmas appeal is at www.raiseasmile.org.uk. Raise is registered charity number 1052210.