Christmas present appeal

We would like to say a huge thanks to Unison member Nigel Flanagan who has worked for the London Ambulance Service NHS since 1992, he is a Paramedic currently based at Croydon complex and previously worked at Oval ambulance station for many years.  He has again this year been working hard on a charity campaign which has made a huge difference to the children in the communities we serve.  Here’s what Nigel has to say:

5 years ago I thought about all the kids in hospitals Over Christmas and what I could do to help try to put a smile on their faces, so I decided that I would ask 3 of the local stations to donate a children’s present into one of my 3 collection boxes which I had placed on the stations (children’s age bracket 0-16) and on Christmas Day Myself along with some of my colleagues would deliver the presents to the children at the local hospitals, which were Kings College and St Thomas’s hospitals.
Everyone seemed to like this appeal and year after year it seems to have grown with more present being donated, and from the 3 original London ambulance stations which I started with it’s now up to 17 Ambulance stations, each station has a member of staff that helps me look after the collection box.

5 years on, this is who received presents donated by the London ambulance service staff and by my friends and family this December.

Kings college hospital
St Thomas’s hospital
Evelina children’s hospital
Lewisham Hospital
St. George’s hospital
Mayday UCH
Whipps Cross university hospital
Queens hospital Romford
Queen Elizabeth hospital Woolwich
Hillingdon hospital
North Middlesex hospital
East Surrey hospital
Great Ormond street hospital
Royal London hospital Whitechapel
St Mary’s hospital Paddington
Princess royal hospital farnborough
Newham hospital
Purely war memorial hospital
North Middlesex hospital
St Helier hospital

Croydon social service
Lambeth social service
Southwark social services
Croydon best start children’s Center
Phoenix children’s resource Centre

Women and children refuge south Croydon
Women and children refuge Upminster
Homeles hotel south Croydon mothers & child

The Michael Tippett school brixton
Rutherford special needs school S/Croydon
Saint Giles school S/Croydon

Demelza children’s hospice 2 locations
Sittingbourne and
Eltham

This Christmas 33 places received presents. it is just amazing where this has ended up 5 years on.!!

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