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Community nurses to give Christmas gifts to patients

Patients being visited by community nurses from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation on Christmas Day will get their treatment – and a special gift.

Specialist nursing staff be criss-crossing the county on 25 December to provide care to older people and those with long-term conditions.

But thanks to the Trust’s Head To Toe charity they will also be armed with Christmas presents and will give one to each patient they visit. Some staff have also donated their own gifts and have put together hampers to give to the most isolated people they will see.

Sharon Nightingale, manager of the Trust’s community nursing team based in St Ives, said: “All my community nursing colleagues at CPFT are really grateful for the support of Head To Toe.

“Even though it will be Christmas Day we will still be visiting patients in their homes to give them the treatment and care they need.

“In some cases – just like how it was during the height of the Covid pandemic – our nurses might be the only people they see on Christmas Day so to be able to give them a small present will make the day just a little bit more special.”

Hannah Wysocki, manager of Head To Toe, who is pictured above (right) with colleague Laura Semple together with Alf and Sian from the Trust’s Peterborough community nursing team, said: “We are delighted to support our community nursing teams. Whatever the day and whatever the weather, they are always there for their patients, and we hope the presents help them spread a little joy when they are visiting and treating people on Christmas Day.”

To find out more about Head To Toe and details about how to support fundraising events and donate visit the charity's pages on the CPFT website.

CPFT, which employs 4,500 staff and provides community physical health services for older people and adults with long term conditions, mental health services, children community services in Peterborough and learning disability services. The Trust is also renowned for its research and development work.


For more information contact:
Andy Burrows
Deputy Head of Communications


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