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Circle of Wishes

Circle of Wishes is your opportunity to make a wish for something you’d like to see in one of the Trust’s many services. Anyone can make a wish – patients, their families, or staff and we’ll do our best to bring them to reality.

Adult Mental Health

Garden Swing for Granville Court

I am making a wish for residents at Granville Court in Hornsea. we have a swing frame in the garden but the ropes and seat is broken so we would like a new seat and ropes so that the residents can sit in the swing during the summer months and enjoy the fresh air in their faces whilst having fun

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Window Canopies for Granville Court

I am making a wish on behalf of the residents at Granville court in Hornsea. each summer we have a problem with the sun streaming into the lounges which means the residents burn, so we need some canopies attaching to the outside walls so we can pull them out when the sun is shining.

Ref: COW 216

Disposable Cameras for Green Trees Lodge

Could we request some disposable cameras (such as those for weddings) for patients to record the last few weeks of Greentrees unit before it closes? These disposable cameras can be bought in multipacks. We would ask for at least 20 for this unusual "moment in time " project. The unit closes in 3 wks

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Help with turning an area of waste ground into a wildlife garden

Help with some gardening to turn an overgrown area of land at the allotment site into a wildlife garden

Ref: COW 207

Supplies for Anlaby Road Allotments

Our wish is for some supplies, seeds, bulbs, soil and tools for the Anlaby Road allotments coming into spring and summer. Thanks so much.

Ref: COW 206
Wish Granted

Digital Cameras, Papers and Printers for PICU ‘recovery through art’ group

Several of our patients have been requesting for us to establish a photography group. We would like to be able to use digital photography in a therapeutic and mindful manner, within our gardens and out in the community. We would love to be able to get 2-3 digital cameras (14 bedded unit), a printer and some photographic paper to enable us to use photos in our popular 'recovery through art' group, in collages and display boards. Enabling patients in this way will be beneficial for engaging them in art and for getting them out and within the local area.

Ref: COW 200
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A bench and a greenhouse for the therapeutic garden in PICU

My wish is for a bench and a greenhouse for the therapeutic garden in PICU. The garden is used frequently by patients starting to take leave and a bench would allow them to sit and relax. We run therapeutic gardening groups and a greenhouse would allow our patients to engage in meaningful activity

Ref: COW 202

Flexible knee and life size spine and pelvis skeleton to use during triage clinic

We are a relatively new, small team of general nurses working within the Humber Centre to raise awareness, provide health promotion and education and improve our patients overall physical healthcare. Our service provides care for patients within the Humber Centre with long term conditions as well as a primary care triage service. Our patients would hugely benefit from the team being able to use a flexible knee and life size spine and pelvis skeleton during our triage clinics to enable them to visualise problems and therefore understand the advice and exercises we may advise. This would encourage better understanding and self care-giving our patients some control back over their health.

Ref: COW 194
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Lego, Duplo and other resources to be used during speech and language therapy sessions

The speech and Language Therapy team within the adult learning disability service have begun to use Lego therapy with a number of clients with autism. Lego therapy is well researched and aims to develop a range of social communication and other skills such as problem solving. With the clients that are undergoing the therapy the team has noticed positive improvement in non-verbal communication, initiation, turn taking and problem solving. However, the team currently only has a small amount of Lego and specific resources to run the sessions.

In order to continue to develop the therapy with individual clients and to set up a Lego therapy group, we would like more Lego, Duplo and other required resources to help run the therapy sessions.

Ref: COW 193
Wish Granted

New Kitchen for Mill View Lodge

I wonder if you would be able to work your magic and perhaps offer  some assistance on Mill View Lodge. For many years now we have been in desperate need of a new kitchen. The kitchen on the unit is used for patients (they have full access) and also as an ADL (Activities of Daily Living) kitchen where our Occupational Therapist will do some basic assessments with patients prior to them returning home. It really does look very tatty and I wondered if you could help us with this wish.

Ref: COW190

Activity and Relaxation Equipment for Newbridges

Newbridges are looking to increase the level of activity and relaxation of patients to promote mental health and wellbeing.  We aim to set up and run a group and would really appreciate your help with the following equipment:-  Gym mats/folding yoga mats,  boxing gloves and pads,  light weights of up to no more than 6kg, skipping ropes, medicine balls, electric plug in scented misting humidifier. It is hoped that this will reduce incidents on the unit, whilst optimising opportunities to promote activity and relaxation with our patients.

Ref: COW176

Christmas meal for service users with Learning Disabilities

CTLD ChristmasI am organising a Christmas meal on the 13th December at the Goodfellowship pub and hoping to take 20 Community Team Learning Disabilities service users who live on their own and have no family members. This will give our service users something to look forward to as well as an opportunity to socialise and meet up with others. I will make this meal special for them giving gifts.

Ref: COW172
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Art Materials and Journals

A wish to receive art materials and journals for a 10 week therapy group: “Expression Through Creativity” held at Crystal Villa in Bridlington. “Expression Through Creativity” will focus on thoughts and feelings, and how we can express these in creative ways. The group is to be run through the winter months for 10 clients.

Ref: COW165

Football Kit for The Humber Trust team

The Humber Trust football team, which takes part in the East Riding FA’s Football Inclusion League, is mainly made up of service users with the help of some staff. This league was set up to encourage recovery through sporting activity and the ethos is to include players of all abilities no matter what their mental health issues may be. It is a great way to help our service users to gain recovery in many areas of their lives, including health and social, and so many have benefited by being part of the team over the years.
Our team are currently trying to re-structure, which is not only about recruiting new players, but setting up training sessions and looking at getting a new kit, as we’ve been living on borrowed old kits, which are now pretty run down and missing some pieces.
For this we need your help to be able to get a new football team kit and some training material to get the team running again and keep helping so many service users.

Ref: COW163

Inter-Unit Christmas Party

Christmas is on its way and here across the Mental Health services we would like to throw another successful inter-unit party. For this we need your help: we would like to decorate the venue and provide entertainment, gifts and food for all to enjoy.

Ref: COW162
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Art Supplies (PSYPHER)

The PSYPHER art group has ran over the last 4 years. We are running low on supplies and would hugely appreciate some more resources for the group in order to do autumn and Christmas crafts.

Ref: COW157

Replacement Pool Table for Newbridges


Unfortunately the pool table at Newbridges Inpatient Unit has been broken. This activity was used all the time as it is a great way to get patients engaging throughout the day with staff and fellow peers. It is greatly missed by patients and staff alike who would be grateful for a replacement pool table.

Ref: COW140
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Sports Resources for Memory Boxes

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A lot of our patients at Maister Lodge are from the local area and have supported the local rugby and football teams over the years. It would be really great if we could have some sports resources to include in our Memory Boxes – back copies of sports magazines or programmes for Hull FC, Hull KR and Hull City. Any other promotional materials or memorabilia for conversation and reminiscence would be gratefully received.

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Ref: COW137
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Digital Camera for Greentrees Lodge

A digital camera for Greentrees Lodge which would be used by patients and staff.

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Ref: COW127
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Yoga Mats

Yoga mats as an incentive for patients before commencing their fundraising for our Health & Well-being Hub at the Humber Centre

Ref: COW114
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Replacement pool table and darts board


The all male ward at Newbridges Mental Health Unit would like support with the provision of leisure based activities on the unit. We would like to replace our pool table and darts board that was unfortunately broken during a violent incident. Being an all-male ward, lack of activity can lead to an increase in violent and aggressive outbursts so any other activities that might be useful for our ward would also be greatly appreciated.

Ref: COW113
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Subscription to the British Journal of Healthcare Assistants

British journal of Healthcare Assistants for HCAs and assistant practitioners

Ref: COW99
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Garden Furniture Crystal Villa

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Our therapeutic garden group has been going for 13 years. Over that time our furniture has seen a lot of weather and general wear and tear! The benches we have are no longer safe, but we are planning to recycle them into plant pots. However we still need somewhere to sit so two replacement plain garden benches that seat 3 people would benefit our garden group greatly. Adding a picnic table to our garden furniture would also provide another aspect to our group – the space to enable us to try wood work and sculpture projects.

Ref: COW102
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Rotational car seats for elderly clients

To enable our elderly clients to get in and out of cars when being transported by our CPN’s or STR workers in the staff’s own cars, the Bridlington & Driffield Older People’s Mental Health team would like 2 swivel/rotational car seats

Ref: cow95
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Memory boxes for Dementia patients

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Everyone enjoys reminiscing, and it can improve psychological well-being. It can be harder for people with dementia to reminisce on their own, and triggers are helpful. Memory boxes contain items which can bring people back to a pleasant & significant time in the past. Maister Lodge is planning for all patients to have their own memory box (shoe box sized), which the patient, staff, carers and families will have access to.

Example items include: Family photos; Artwork; Postcards; Baby toys/clothes; Recipes; Sheet music; Dried flowers; Letters; Books/holiday brochures; Things to fiddle with e.g. jewellery, puzzles, stress balls, stretchy toys; Crafts e.g. knitting; Items related to occupation – e.g. stethoscopes, building/farming toys, sponge/rubber gloves; Perfume.

Items can provide reassurance, helping patients feel orientated and calm. They can help with the recalling of fond memories of youth, personal interests, children or general history which can be a positive experience. Memory boxes will also exercise the use of touch and other senses, which people increasingly rely on as dementia progresses. Items in the boxes can inspire conversation between staff, patients, carers and families, as well as provide an insight into a person’s life, and a more in-depth understanding of the individual.

Maister lodge is seeking donations of any context to help provide this service and get the project up and running!


Ref: COW89
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Humber Centre Health&Well-being Hub

We are a new and developing service that aims to improve the health and well-being of both patients and staff in the service. We wish to resource an indoor and outdoor gym area with equipment. We would like to ensure we have the essential equipment and training to address some of the long term physical health conditions people experience; and the skills and resources to promote preventative measures, leading to a reduction in future health problems for both staff and patients.

Ref: COW87

Humber Centre Dining Experience

We are working with patients and staff to create a more pleasant, relaxed and sociable dining environment at the Humber Centre. The aim of the project is not only to improve the environment but also to extend food choices and promote healthier eating. It is hoped this will also help develop patient’s independence by breaking down barriers; encouraging social interaction and becoming part of a persons recovery pathway. We wish to buy furniture and fittings to feature in the new themed dining rooms which patients and staff are working together to decorate and paint in the style of an American diner, Italian bistro and coffee shop.

Ref: COW86

Kitchen equipment (Hawthorne Court)

Our patient’s ADL and rehabilitation kitchen at Hawthorne Court is in need of some modern kitchen equipment, such as a food processor, toaster, kettle and microwave. This would allow us to carry out assessments and therapeutic interventions as part of our service which will enhance the patient journey and help patients develop the skills for independent living.

Ref: COW76
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Interunit Christmas Party

We will be holding a Christmas party for some of our patients within our units.  We would love to have support with this event to make it even bigger and brighter than last year.  We’ll be having a buffet

Ref: COW41
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Patient Kitchen – Westlands

To provide a kitchen for patients to assist them in their recovery – we can then carry out assisted learning.  The the minute they use the staff kitchen which is within a locked staff area.  This kitchen is not appropriate for the patients to use.  A suitable space has been identified.

Ref: COW22
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Football kit for the Humber Centre

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A football kit and essential equipment for our Humber Centre team for the start of the new season of the Community League.



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Football Kit for Townend Court

The community team for learning disabilities have a football team who desperately need a new football kit in order to start the new season in September.  We would like to purchase the kit in memory of one of our clients who sadly passed away, and whose family made a donation in his name.  We would like to have our photo taken to send to his family in remembrance of their son. Our clients would be very proud of themselves and so they should!

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Summerhouse for Mill View Lodge

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We would like a Summer House for Mill View Lodges Garden to enable us to have an alternative therapeutic space where we can offer a peaceful reflective space for patients, offer an alternative space for groups and 1:1 therapy.

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Help with annual license for Dementia Improvement Kit

We have been offered a Dementia Improvement kit (free of charge) for the inpatient ward, however there is an annual charge of £399 plus VAT for the licence, and would like to request that we use money from one the Whitby charitable fund to cover this cost

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Suitcases for patients

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People often arrive at the admissions unit with few belongings.  As their admission progresses they inevitably get clothes, toiletries and belongings brought in.

If patients need to stay in hospital for more than 10 days, it is likely that they will be transferred to a treatment unit.  This results in belongings being transported in plastic bin liners which feels both undignified and uncaring.

I wish to apply for 5 hard shell suitcases.  This will enable staff for offer a dignified and professional transfer between our units.

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Child/Young Adult mental healths

Stress-Less Bags for Children in Crisis

To enable us to carry on providing stress less bags for our children who are in crisis.

Ref: COW208
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CD Player and assorted relaxation aids for young people with ASD

The request is for a CD player and assorted relaxation discs, Ear defenders, Eye masks, small throwing bean bags, battery operated large mood light, assorted pieces of material (sensory), sensory bag/box/bracelets for young people attending the ASD groups

Ref: COW 195

“My Coping Bags” for CAMHS

Our wish is to be able to supply a “My Coping Bag” to the young people at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). We’d like the bags to contain items for the young people which will promote positive coping strategies, including distraction, mindfulness and relaxation. These are all strategies we often recommend, and having the bags available to give to patients would be great! These bags would be particularly aimed at young people who self harm.

Ref: COW 177

Aromatherapy kits for CAMHS

I am requesting aromatherapy relaxation bags which include relaxation CD, pendant for placing aromatherapy blend of oils onto and a 1ml bottle for putting blend into.   Health Stars have previously supported this wish.  The bags have been of great benefit to the young people I treat, and allows them to continue to treat themselves at home and receive the benefit of their blend. please could I wish for some more as I only have one left. I would also like to add lava stone bracelets to my wish, as an alternative to the necklace/pendants for young people who are not permitted to wear pendants for school.

Ref: COW173
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Items for CAMHS Stress-Less Bags

We would like to request a top up of resources for our stress-less bags that we give to young people that present in crisis. We receive great feedback from young people and parents as to the effectiveness of the bags that, alongside staff interventions, provide alternatives to self harming behaviours and stress management.

Ref: COW168
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Stress-Less Bags

My wish is to provide Stress- Less bags to young people who access East Riding Community CAMHS (Children and Young Adult Mental Health Service). The bags will include distraction items, self help leaflets and coping strategies to help a young person at times of increased stress.

Ref: COW161
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Aromatherapy couch for CAMHS

My wish is to be able to replace the couch I use when delivering aromatherapy treatment to children and young people in CAMHS. We have received so much positive feedback from young people receiving their relaxation packages (a wish that has been previously granted by Health Stars), and as a result my caseload keeps growing! The couch I use currently is not ideally suited for the treatments I deliver when people need to lay face down, as there is no hole for their face to lie in. I do hope you may be able to help us help our young people to feel totally comfortable and relaxed during these very important mental health interventions.

Ref: COW124
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Equipment for Cooking Project

We would like to start a rolling cooking programme (six sessions for 8 clients at a time) at PSYPHER, run by our Occupational Therapist. Cooking equipment such as pans, cutlery and baking resources would be needed, plus ingredients for each session.

Ref: COW118
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Replenish Stress-Less Bags (CAMHS)

Our Stress-Less Bags have proven very popular amongst young people in crisis. These are given out to young people in mental health crisis and include distraction items to help in the immediate management of their mental health. We wish to replenish our stock of items to go in the bags in order for us to help more individuals.

Ref: COW110
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Gift Bag for CAMHS

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Our wish is to buy additional products to go in the gift bag to give to young people when presenting in crisis. Examples of content includes stress balls/ tangles, elastic bands, scented products, colouring products, ice packs, hot chocolate sachets. Also included are a safety leaflets, strategies to maintain safety/ manage stress and free resources from the internet (positive self-talk statements/ mindfulness colouring etc.)

The benefits are that young people have something physical from CAMHS to enable them to refer to/ use at times of increased stress.

Ref: COW100
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Emotion carpet and cushions

Young people with learning disabilities often find it difficult to describe and talk about their emotions which assist care providers in understanding and being able to respond to their needs most appropriately. A colourful emotions carpet and set of cushions would encourage and support young people partaking in both group and individual work, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings using the visual prompts. The cohort of young people who would benefit from the use of this carpet include young persons in the LAC system, young offenders and those within the specialist educational provision.

Ref: COW84
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Aromatherapy Gift bag for CAMHS patients


I am submitting this wish for a colleague who is a qualified Armatherapist working in CAMHS. All of her caseload consists of young people receiving treatment for their mental health and to aid recovery and promote wellbeing. As part of her treatment she sends the young people home with cotton balls full of their unique of oils, so they may continue to treat themselves at home. Her aim is to offer individual care packages/ relaxation packages/ aroma packages to take home with them.
Her wish is to have in each package, a visual/guided journey CD, 1 ml bottles of their unique blend, pom poms with blend on and a pendant/ spiralled bead cage, to place these in, so the young person may wear their blend all day, receiving the therapeutic benefit. This would in turn cut down the cost of the amount of oils she would use due to being able to dilute their blend.

Ref: COW66
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PSYPHER – Music Group

We would like funding for musical instruments, equipment and a space for a music group for clients of PSYPHER.
We currently do music sessions at our arts group but many clients have expressed an interest in a dedicated music group.
Having seen the positive impact music can have on people experiencing mental health difficulties, we would love the opportunity to be able to bring more music in to the lives of our clients.

Ref: COW61


The Communicube is designed for use in therapy, supervision and team building. It would be of benefit to CAMHS clients who wish to represent aspects of their lives in a non-verbal but structured/ contained way. It is intended for use in face to face sessions and with children, adolsecents and families and is flexible to use with different therapeutic approaches.

Ref: COW36
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Gift bag for CAMHS


Our wish is to buy products to go in a gift bag to give to young people when presenting in crisis. Examples of content includes stress balls/ tangles, elastic bands, scented products, colouring products, ice packs, hot chocolate sachets. Also included will be a safety leaflet, strategies to maintain safety/ manage stress and free resources from the internet (positive self-talk statements/ mindfulness colouring etc.)

The benefits are that young people will have something physical from CAMHS to enable them to refer to/ use at times of increased stress. We believe the donating public will be satisfied with the use of their money for this purpose as it is of direct benefit to young people within CAMHS. We will try to limit each bags content to £4 worth, meaning we could make at least 50 bags if we were to receive the £200 requested. We would also review the effectiveness and monitor feedback.

Ref: COW 24
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Community Services

CD Player for patients waiting room

The PPG at Field House Surgery would like a new CD/radio player for our waiting room area. This will enhance our service by acting as a distraction for patients when they attend appointments, promote confidentiality, privacy while speaking to staff at the reception and provide a calm environment.

Ref: COW 213

Leigh Ingledew

We regularly undertake 2 year development checks at the Health Centre in Goole. Our stocks of toys and games have diminished recently, so we would like some more wipe-able toys that we can use in our clinics. Thanks so much

Ref: Cow 212
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Funding to attend activities and lunch clubs

Hull Integrated Care Team for Older People. I'm wishing for funding to support patients with attending activities and Lunch clubs (for staff). I'm paying between £15/£20 a week out my own money. This supports building a rapport with them monitoring and observing the needs.

Ref: COw 211

Bereavement cards

This wish will benefit the bereaved carers of those patients who have been under the care of the Trust and who have passed away. We would like funding to print specially designed bereavement cards which we would send out to each bereaved carer, with a personal message from the team who cared for their loved one.

Ref: COW203

Toys and Games for Children’s Speech and Language Service

The Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team in Goole support children aged 3-18 in clinic and school. We use a range of games and activities to interact with children of all ages. At the moment our toy cupboard is looking a bit bare. We would appreciate any toys or games that are going spare.

Ref: COW 204
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Gazebo for The Healthtrainers

We would like to make a wish for a gazebo for the Healthtrainers. We do events all over the East Riding and we feel a nice bright gazebo would be a perfect way of enhancing the service and letting people know what they can achieve by making healthy life style changes.

We would also love to let people know about the amazing health stars charity and would like to include it as part of our branding.

Ref: COW188

Funding to help publicise ISPHN Team Services via social media

Funding to help us launch our BRAND NEW Facebook page. The Health Visiting and School Nursing Teams have recently undergone a transition and we are now one team under the umbrella of ‘Integrated Specialist public health nurses’ (ISPHNS Team). Although this change is exciting it has been a challenge to ensure that our service users understand our new roles and can access us easily. As practitioners we have plans to launch a new Facebook page as an innovative way to reach our hard to reach service users, and carry our effective health promotion. To do this successfully however we need a small budget which will allow us to pay Facebook to target our demographic and boost our posts. Without funding we fear our page will fail to be visible.

Our page is aimed at children, young people and their families. We are involved with families from conception (Antenatally) through to nineteen years of age (25 if the child has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities). We hope to distribute valuable health information on topic such as the recent Measles outbreak, young peoples mental health, safe sleeping for infants and breastfeeding to name just a few. So securing funding to boost our posts to effectively reach our demographic would be a huge help in ensuring that children and families in the east riding area receive useful, reliable and targeted health information.

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Ref: COW187
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Therapeutic Groups at Rossmore Stroke Unit

We would like support for the Hull Stroke Service to continue running therapeutic groups at Rossmore Stroke Unit. We provide a range of therapy groups including but not limited to; gardening, arts and crafts, baking and groups to support patients to address their varied therapy goals during their inpatient stay. In order to continue these groups we are required to replenish our resources throughout the year. We would like Health Stars to help us fund an arts and craft project group and winter gardening project as well as other one off groups. Thank you

Ref: COW181

Conference room rent

The East Riding Macmillan Palliative Care Team require £300 for rent of the Red Lion conference Room in Holme Upon Spalding Moore for 6 days (£50/day) of delivery for the degree course for next year

Ref: COW171

Memory Boxes

The East Riding of Yorkshire Macmillan Team require some memory boxes, books and leaflets for children and teenagers relating to cancer: its treatment, death, dying and bereavement. This will allow us to provide a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children and their familiesMemory Boxes

Ref: COW167
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Shaving Foam (Bridlington Hospital)

The Macmillan Wolds/GP Ward Team request a supply of shaving foam to shave the gentlemen patients who are admitted without any supply of toiletries of their own. This type of personal care is not a core service provided by the NHS and is vital to a gentleman’s dignity and self respect.

Ref: COW164
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Bird food and replacement feeders

So that patients can watch wildlife whilst being on complete bed rest, we would like some more bird food and to replace the bird feeders for the Macmillan Unit gardens.

Ref: COW155
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Breast Cancer Education Resources

We have joined forces with 2 other GP practices in Bransholme Health Centre to raise money for Breast Cancer. I am looking for educational materials to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and how people can examine their breasts.

Ref: COW151
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Spoons and Hot Chocolate

The patients on the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit would like 3 dozen tea spoons, 3 dozen dessert spoons, a box of Horlicks light sachets and a box of Ovaltine light sachets.


Ref: COW148
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Dyson Fans

4 x Dyson Fans for patient care and support. Dyson fans absorb air but do not distribute, making them infection control efficient. Patients need these fans to absorb their bodily odours in a confined space.

Ref: COW146
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Water Jugs

12 x 500ml jugs  with 8 Blue lids and 2 Red lids

These are for patient use as a 1000ml jug is too heavy for some patients to lift. The different coloured lids indicate when the water is changed, blue for morning and red for afternoon so that the patients and relatives know that the water is fresh.

Ref: COW142
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Yorkshire Day at Bridlington Hospital

£29.23 to fund Yorkshire Day at the Macmillan Wolds Unit, Bridlington Hospital. The ward patients and their families are celebrating Yorkshire Day by having a party using all things from the great county! All the goodies are laid out on a trolley for tea time, and the ward is decorated with Yorkshire paraphernalia.

Ref: Cow138
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Polytunnel for Rosedale Community Unit Garden Group




Our wish is to be able to recover our poly tunnel.

At Rosedale we run a gardening group for service users that are on their mental health recovery with our team. Our gardening group is facilitated by a fantastic volunteer called Stuart. In the group we grow produce in our poly tunnel and sell what we grow to raise money to buy seeds, compost etc, to do it all over again the following year.

Our poly tunnel cover is in dire need of replacing. Stuart, along with people in the group, have patched the poly tunnel up a few times over the years, but unfortunately the elements have got the better of it, and it is leaking quite badly now.

The money we make from the selling the vegetables is pennies and nowhere near the cost of replacing the polythene cover, and we need the money raised to recycle for seeds for the following year.

If we were lucky enough to be granted our wish, we wouldn’t expect anyone to fit it for us. Stuart said that we would be capable of fitting it with the help of the others in the group to keep the cost to a minimum.

Ref: COW136
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Supplies for Coffee Machine

Supplies for the patient/visitor’s coffee machine in the patient day room at the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit.

Ref: COW134
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Ladies bed jackets

Ladies bed jackets x 10 in various sizes for the Macmillan Wolds Unit at Bridlington Hospital. So patients can enjoy being out of bed/sitting in the day room or even take advantage of the garden area whilst staying in their beds.

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Ref: COW133
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15 x pairs of gentlemen’s pyjamas and 15 x ladies’s nightdresses for the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit at Bridlington Hospital.

Ref: COW132
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Single bed cellular blankets

30 single bed cellular blankets for single patient use for the Macmillan Wolds Unit at Bridlington Hospital.

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Ref: COW129
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Replacement microwave

A new microwave for the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit at Bridlington Hospital to replace current microwave that has been decommissioned.

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Ref: COW130
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Sundry Items, Bridlington

To pay for sundry items purchased for patients staying on the ward. For instance, butter purchased from the hospital kitchens, patient taxi fares to attend palliative day centre and toiletries purchased for patients who have none of their own.

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Ref: COW126
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Raffle prize

The Stroke Survivors Dinner and Dance is an annual event organised by Tracy Webb, a community support worker for the Humber NHS Foundation Trust, who helps individuals recover from strokes in East Yorkshire. Tracy pays for the event by fundraising but needs some donations she can use as raffle prizes. Ideally, the prizes will be items that patients can use and enjoy.

Ref: COW71
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Equipment for Withernsea Hospital

The League of Friends from Withernsea Community Hospital are wishing to purchase an etac molift raiser £357.00, Raiser Strap £52.42 plus pallet delivery £40.00 in total £449:42p.

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Ref: COW43
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iTunes vouchers for Stroke team

Itunes vouchers for the Hull Integrated Community stroke services would enable us to purchase an app bundle of 2 communication aid apps: ‘Predictable’ and ‘ChatAble’. These would be used with clients within the stroke service especially on the stroke unit at Rossmore to assess their ability to use communication aids and support their communication.

Ref: COW108
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A Santa suit and a new Christmas tree with decorations

HombaseMy wish is for the inpatient unit at Whitby to have a new Santa suit, and Christmas tree with decorations for it.  The patients are generally frail and elderly and the staff work tirelessly every day of the year to provide the best care they can for everyone. The Santa suit, tree and decorations would cheer the appearance of the ward during the festive season. Thank you very much

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Large Christmas Tree for Granville Court

Christmas TreeI would like to wish for a large Christmas tree for our residents at Granville Court who have profound learning disabilities. To have a tree lit up in the garden with colourful trimmings would be amazing for them to see, feel and smell. Please help us make their xmas special.

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Toys for Whitby Minor Injuries Unit

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My wish is to improve the toys in the waiting area of the Whitby Minor Injuries department. The current toys have been well loved over the years by children waiting to be treated and they now need replacing with new ones.

Having toys in the waiting area helps reduce the stress of the situation of being injured or ill and it also creates a welcoming environment for children in a hospital setting.

We need toys that are easy to clean to reduce the risk of cross infection – all toys must be made of a material that allows for effective cleaning and decontamination, such as a wooden activity table. This could be cleaned easily and the parts would be well contained as parts cannot be removed.

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Garden Tool Shed


The Therapeutic Garden Group at Crystal Villa in Bridlington helps service users with anxiety or low self-esteem begin their recovery through activity in the small group run by Occupational Therapy.  The group wishes for a replacement garden tool shed. Unfortunately the winter weather took its toll on the previous shed which has now been demolished.

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Summerhouse and plants (Granville Court)

The residents at Granville Court in Hornsea have profound learning disabilities with complex needs. Improving the therapeutic garden area would really enhance our service. A range of sensory plants and flowers, as well as a summer house structure with extended awning and solar lighting would provide a relaxing area for the enjoyment of our clients.

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Therapy/Meeting Rooms (Townend Court)

We only have a few Therapy/Assessment and meeting rooms at the old building in Townend Court. The few we have are in high demand and used by various services. Sadly this means no one really looks after them and the chairs are mismatched with a number of them broken and uncomfortable, the walls are scratched and the whole thing could really do with some love and attention.

It would be absolutely fantastic if these rooms, where service users, their families and carers come, could be made to be more inviting. Some comfortable chairs alone would make a big difference, a lick of paint would be stunning and a friendly picture on the wall would really be fantastic.

Please help us make these spaces more welcoming, functional and caring.

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The Macmillan Ward (GP Unit) Bridlington Hospital – Christmas Tree

Would like £80 to buy a real Christmas Tree for the Day Room/Ward Patients/Daycare Patients

Also new baubles and lights and tinsel please


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East Riding Community Hospital – Christmas wishes

Money from Charitable funds for Christmas Trees/decorations and also presents for Inpatients that are staying in the Community Ward over the Christmas period. Also for Staff Buffet for those who are working over the Christmas period.

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Family Friendly rooms

To support the safeguarding teams “Think Family” Campaign we would like to see family friendly rooms in Adult mental health units for children to visit their parent or carer. To make rooms that are comfortable and kitted out with child friendly toys and books.

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Multi use outdoor space – Newbridges

We would love to provide an outdoor space for our patients to play ball games.  This would significantly improve the wellbeing of patients and decrease the number of incidents.  The space could be a tarmacked area with basketball hoops.  We would need the area to be fenced in.

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Low Stimulus environment

To provide a safe, secure and ultimately relaxing space.  We have identified the space that we require transforming, and would love to provide a ‘den’ environment with bean bags, soothing lighting and speakers and appropriate decoration.  This would help meet the needs of our patients.

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Chill out room – Westlands

To provide a safe, secure and ultimately relaxing space.  We have identified the space that we require transforming, and would love to have bean bags, a black board wall, relaxing music and peaceful decoration.  This would help meet the needs of our patients.

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Air conditioning for staff and patients


For air conditioning to be put in the reception area as staff and patients are feeling unwell (dizziness, fatigue, nausea) due to the heat in the air. There is no fresh air coming in to the reception area the fans just circulate hot air around the area. There is a window in the reception area which does not open if we can not have air conditioning we would like the window to be made to an opening window.

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Holistic Therapies

Help with turning an area of waste ground into a wildlife garden

Help with some gardening to turn an overgrown area of land at the allotment site into a wildlife garden

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Supplies for Anlaby Road Allotments

Our wish is for some supplies, seeds, bulbs, soil and tools for the Anlaby Road allotments coming into spring and summer. Thanks so much.

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Digital Cameras, Papers and Printers for PICU ‘recovery through art’ group

Several of our patients have been requesting for us to establish a photography group. We would like to be able to use digital photography in a therapeutic and mindful manner, within our gardens and out in the community. We would love to be able to get 2-3 digital cameras (14 bedded unit), a printer and some photographic paper to enable us to use photos in our popular 'recovery through art' group, in collages and display boards. Enabling patients in this way will be beneficial for engaging them in art and for getting them out and within the local area.

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Support with OT Allotment Rent

We would appreciate your help to pay for our community OT allotment rent.  We currently  have 3 plots. Our gardening group provides support and activities for local people with severe and enduring mental health problems.

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Art Supplies for Recovery College courses

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Art resources for the creativity and well-being courses we offer from October to March through the Recovery College.

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Therapy Items for Garden at Stroke Unit

We would like to purchase garden related therapy items for the garden in our Stroke rehabilitation unit at Highlands Health Centre.

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Garden furniture for allotment group

Haven allotment group based at off Boothferry Road is for adults aged 18-65 who have severe and enduring mental health issues. The group does not receive any funding and would benefit from two large umbrellas with bases, a picnic bench and a garden bench to give clients space to relax and enjoy the allotment area.

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iPod Nano’s


Maister Lodge would like 2 x iPod Nano’s (16GB) for music to be streamed through speakers we have purchased. We will use them day-to-day on the ward for patients but we could also use them for the Cafe Bistro.

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Humber Centre Allotment Rent

The Humber Centre has an allotment in Skirlaugh which we have had for a number of years now. This allotment is used by patients from the majority of our wards. It would be great if we could have £200 to pay for the coming year’s rent.

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Chill Out Room at PICU, Miranda House

Our wish is to create a “chill out room” on PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Miranda house). The chill out space would provide clients with a relaxing and calming environment when/if they required. We would like to equip this room with comfy seats and beanbags; sensory items such as music; plants in the small garden outside along with other items to make it feel chilled and comfortable.

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Contribution towards Food Safety course

A Food Safety Level 2 qualification would enable our client to gain the necessary up to date knowledge to give him a better chance of securing paid employment in the catering industry. A contribution of half the course costs would enable them to take the course at Hull Training & Adult Education.

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Therapeutic garden area – Millview Court




We are looking to provide a therapeutic environment in the garden area at Millview court for our patients. We’re looking to provide a sitting area with a picnic bench, to give stimulation by growing our own vegetables, to use in our cooking groups. We’re looking to attract wildlife to our garden though planting flowers in planters and providing a bird table for wild birds.

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Camera for Humber Centre and Greentrees

Please can we have £200 towards a new camera for the patients at the Humber Centre and Greentrees.

Thank you

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Books for Chronic Fatigue service


We were given a donation by a patient specifically to buy some books for our department. These were ordered back in January, but unfortunately the order somehow didn’t happen – hence we need to reorder them!

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Allotments for Humber Centre

My wish is to provide an allotment in the secure garden at the Humber Centre for patients who have no community leave to participate in growing fruit and vegetables. This will enable them to experience the process of how things grow along with picking the fruit and vegetables to use in cooking. It will also provide them with exercise through mind and body and provide a therapeutic environment for all the patients within the Humber Centre. The allotment will contribute to improving social and interactions skills, reducing stress, depression, self harming behaviour, agitation and aggressive behaviour, improving alertness and cognitive abilities and social skills.

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Specialist Equipment

Flexible skeleton joints to aid patients understand their exercises

The two MSK practitioners with our GP practices are committed to patient education and teaching patients to self care. Therefore we would love to be able to show patients models of ” Flexible knee, hip, lumber spine, and an articulated arm Skelton joints (all with ligaments!) to aid patients understanding and compliance with regards to exercises that are given.

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Handheld ECG Machine

My wish is for a handheld ECG machine for Northpoint Medical Practice. The service has over 100 patients in care or nursing homes and have no means of doing an ECG unless they can get into the surgery or be taken directly to the hospital for admission.

A handheld ECG machine would reduce unnecessary admissions to local hospitals as the team could perform the test for any slight chest pains in the comfort of their home, without causing distress. The patient could then be taken to hospital if necessary. It would be a huge benefit in helping with the care of the residents in their homes.

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Driving Assessments for Older People’s Mental Health Services

To be able to fund the cost of an assessment by the Regional Driving Assessment Centre for patients with mental health problems that may effect their ability to continue to drive.
Many people with early dementia, because of the nature of the condition, face the prospect of not driving. This can have a devastating effect on their lives. Currently, upon diagnosis, patients are requested to inform the DVLA of their diagnosis, this often results in them losing their licence. There is the facility to undertake a driving assessment that gives the person the decision as to whether or not they are able to continue to drive, rather that relying on a cognitive function test that does not specifically look at this area of function.  For many people a driving assessment will be too expensive and they will either stop driving when they don’t need to or continue to drive and not inform the DVLA.

If access to this service could be supported via funding from Health Stars it would enable more patients to have this assessment and either continue to drive or be requested not to drive by the DVLA. If not driving is the outcome it will be easier to accept if the person has undergone a specific test. I am asking on behalf of the Older People’s Mental Health Services in Bridlington/Driffield and Holderness if there could be support for patients with the cost of this assessment via Heath Stars.

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Mobile Biometrics Unit

The community Stroke Team wish to provide upper limb and cognitive therapy intervention for patients recovering from strokes. A mobile biometrics unit is evidenced to have a positive impact on patient’s upper limb and cognitive functioning through repetitive, enjoyable and meaningful activity. The unit would be used across the Trust hospitals and GP practice areas such as Bridlington, Witherensea and Goole, as well as for the people who cannot access the clinic on the ward at Beverley.

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Comfort items

We would like to be able to buy items such as newspapers, magazines and toiletries that would bring a level of comfort to patients during their stay on the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit ward in Bridlington.

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Bladder Scanner – Whitby

A Bladder Scanner to be used by District Nursing Services, Ward and MIU to be purchased by Whitby Hospital League of Friends. this is to be purchased from De Smit Medical and is a Cubescan 700 Bladder Scanner .

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Portable ECG machine

As a team we are asked by GPs to visit patients to perform an ECG (to determine differential diagnosis or an acute admission). The equipment within the ” standard Medical Products List” is both heavy and bulky for Community Nurses to carry out this procedure within a patient home..
Therefore, my wish would be to have access to a “portable ECG machine which is both “small and light and can still provide a 12 lead ECG”.

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Equipment for Withernsea Hospital

Two pieces of equipment to help patients which the League of Friends have agreed to purchase (Quotes obtained and agreed by League of Friends – letter of confirmation to purchase obtained) as follows: Shower Chair, wheeled adjustable height £59.49 and a Transfer Aid with adjustable Legs £1058.00.

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Water cooler for the In Patient Unit in Whitby

We would like to provide a Water Cooler for patients, relatives and staff, at present there is no access to very cool water. The type of Patients cared for are Palliative, Rehabilitation, Dementia plus the Elderly and they would all greatly benefit from this and also the staff to prevent dehydration

Drinking Cups for the Stroke Team

We would like to purchase 4 kapitex dysphagia cups  and 2 drink Rite beakers from the Life After Stroke Fund for use at Rossmore Nursing Home. Money was donated specifically for the purpose of buying dysphagia cups to the funds earlier this year from St Mary’s nursing home. This is to help clients with swallowing difficulties manage their fluids safely.

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Football kit for PSYPHER

PSYPHER ( Psyhcosis Service for Young People Hull and East Riding) would like to wish for new Equipment and kit for the football team. The teams kit is in desperate need of replacement. PSYPHER Tigers offers alot of social and health benefits for our clients playing a vital role in their recovery and feel that a new equipment would be very beneficial.

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Afternoon Bowling for the Friendship Group

The staff and volunteers who run the Friendship group, for isolated people with learning disabilities, would like to take them out for the afternoon to do an activity which they don't usually have the opportunity to participate in; such as bowling.

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Christmas Gifts for Voluntary Services Outreach Groups

PresentsVoluntary Services outreach groups will each be having a Christmas celebration. We would love to help make the day extra special by providing a small Christmas gift for the attendees as they are isolated and may not have other family.

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Healthy Snacks for Voluntary Services

Voluntary services runs a number of outreach social groups for people who are lonely and isolated. We would like to provide healthy snacks such as fruit for the attendees to encourage a healthy lifestyle as part of the groups aims.

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Arts & Crafts Group Pub Lunch

The Arts and Crafts group meet fortnightly to socialise and do something creative. They are a group of people with memory problems who don’t get much opportunity to socialise and are at risk of loneliness and isolation. We would love to take them for a carvery, so that they have the chance to do something that most of us take for granted – a nice lunch with their friends.

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Humber Social Fish & Chips

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Humber Social are a group of older people who are at risk of loneliness and isolation. They would love a trip to the seaside for fish and chips; a chance to relax with their friends and have a fun day out.

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Defibrillators for Voluntary Services minibuses

Voluntary Services offer a transport service through our volunteer drivers project. It is rapidly expanding and we are carrying passengers with a variety of needs. Our drivers are currently going through first aid and defibrillator training, therefore we require defibrillators on our two buses which will improve the care and safety of our passengers.

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Pub lunch

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Ladies Who Lunch is a group for people with mental health conditions and dementia who are socially isolated. They meet twice a month in a Church Hall for lunch, quizzes and games. It would be nice to take the ladies out for a pub lunch locally as they don’t often have the chance to go out.

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Afternoon Tea

Supported by volunteers, the Baking Group is a small group attended by people with memory problems. The group meet once a month to make simple recipes and reminisce. It would be a real treat for the group to go out for afternoon tea to not only have a change of scenery, but to also sample other peoples baking.


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Trip to the Wolds Way Owl Trust

The Friendship Group would like to take their members for a bird of prey experience with the Wolds Way Owl Trust. The group is for adults with Learning Disabilities, some of whom are socially isolated. This trip would allow members to try something completely new and exciting that otherwise, they would not have the opportunity to experience.


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Townend Court – Continuum Christmas meal

We would love funding  for the Continuum Christmas meal for clients. There are 16 clients and we will be taking them to the Goodfellowship Inn on Cottingham Road.  If you could contribute anything towards we would be most grateful as this was previously funded in the past.

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Carers’ Christmas Meal


My colleague runs a group for our clients carers, they meet once a month and go on outings (twice a year). This used to be funded to cover costs of the Christmas meal, outings and towards the transport. This funding was stopped last year and my colleague was hoping to take the carers out for a Christmas meal with free transport as a treat and was hoping this could be funded by yourselves as if not the carers, who are all old age pensioners, would need to pay for this themselves. The cost of the meal is around £15 per head and there will be 10 people. We would be very grateful if we could get some help towards the cost of this.

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Giant Jenga

We have several groups run by Voluntary Services and we try to play games which will get them up and on their feet. The groups would love a giant jenga which could be used  both indoors and outdoors.

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PHYPHER Tigers  to cover expected costs for football season 2016/17.

These include pitch hire, tournament entry, client equipment, referee costs.

This enables the team to attend all their matches.

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Headphones for Weekly Computer Club

We have a weekly computer club at Westlands which is run by a qualified Trust volunteer, enabling service users to become more confident with using the internet and technology which could really benefit the Ladies when they return home.
The sessions can be noisy and require participants to work on their own occasionally with the volume up on their computers. The club would really benefit from having a supply of good quality headphones to use at the club to enable a calmer and more focused environment.

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Christmas Party for Volunteers

The Trust has around 100 valuable unpaid volunteers who are a great help for staff and patients alike. We would like to hold a Christmas party for our volunteers and would appreciate any help with the costs of hosting the celebration.

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Surprise Trip to the Pantomime

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The Friendship group is a fun, social group for adults with a learning disability who meet monthly. The group members do not have many opportunities to attend events for various reasons such as finances, health and mobility.
They have expressed an interest in going to the theatre and it would be a lovely surprise if we could arrange a Christmas outing to the pantomine.

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Bakersville Allotment Group


Bakersville Allotment Group supports people within Humber NHS Foundation Trust who are experiencing severe and enduring mental health conditions such as; schizophrenia, depression and anxieties. The allotment offers a safe and supportive environment for service users where they are able to practice and learn new skills, but also to feel part of the local community. Our wish is to provide an opportunity for the group to visit and experience Sewerby Hall and Gardens as part of their recovery. This would be a rare opportunity for service users to access the wider community, experiencing sites / gardens and places of interest which are available to all members of the public. The trip would be a unique experience and is unfamiliar to our service users. The trip would provide an opportunity for group members to learn new skills and horticultural knowledge and emphasise the promotion of recovery and moving on.

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Outing for Friendship Group


The Friendship group is a long established group of 20 adults with a learning disability. They get together once a month in a group which volunteers help to run. Some of the group members do not get much chance to socialise and without the Friendship group they would be quite isolated.
We are often being asked to take the group on trips, but this is not always possible due to lack of funds. They have expressed an interest in visiting The Deep as many of them have never had the opportunity to go.
We have negotiated a discounted rate for an educational tour with The Deep and we have staff and volunteers able to help and to transport the group.

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Well Being

Christmas Presents for Patients at Whitby Hospital

Gift Donations

Would you be able to provide Christmas gifts for patients spending Christmas in Whitby Hospital

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DBS Check

Positive Assets wish to support a client to gain paid employment by assisting with the payment of a DBS check to work within Humber NHS Foundation Trust (Flexible Workforce Team). This has become a barrier to their employment as the client is unable to fund this themselves and there is no alternative funding available in this instance.

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Benches for Trust HQ

The main courtyard at Trust HQ would benefit from two benches around the staff allotment. Having benches in this area would allow staff to be able to have a place to sit outside, eat their lunch or just take some time away from their desks.

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Sat Nav

The Driffield District Nursing Team would greatly benefit from a Sat Nav with UK & Ireland Maps to paid for by League of Friends.

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Team Building Afternoon

The PSYPHER team would like to wish for funding to carry out a team building afternoon following team development meeting in the morning. This day would be aimed to boost our team moral.
We have been through a lot of change over the past year striving to achieve the national standards for Early intervention and this has taken its toll on our team approach. We plan on having a team afternoon out taking part in the ‘Escape Rooms’ based in Hull to promote our ability to problem solve with a team approach.

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Withernsea Hospital – Christmas Celebrations

Usual request for £200 towards gifts and Christmas Celebrations for patients who are on the Community Ward at Withernsea Hospital over the Christmas period 2016.

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Bridlington Ward – Christmas events

During month of December we have several activities planned on the unit.
We would like to provide Christmas gifts for inpatients, food treats over Christmas and New Year and diversional activities. We would also like to provide sherry and mince pies to accompany the choir visit and concert.

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Pennies from Heaven scheme – to benefit Health Stars

Some years ago we were able to participate in a donation scheme through payroll called “Pennies From Heaven”. Payroll took a maximum of 99p per month (maximum £11.88 per annum) from your salary and the proceeds were donated to the chosen charity. I’d like to see this type of donation benefitting our own charitable funds. Is this something that payroll can facilitate?

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