The NCHD committee, in conjunction with UCD medical students and St Vincent de Paul, are currently running a ‘Christmas Giving Tree Appeal’ in the Mater Hospital, Dublin. They were inspired to do so after the Mater’s local charity shop contacted the hospital asking for help due to the large influx of requests from families in need this festive season.
Each year, 50 volunteers from St Vincent de Paul visit patients in 12 hospitals and residential facilities. The ‘Christmas Giving Tree Appeal’ is asking for donations of gifts, such as dressing gowns and slippers, and money to be contributed towards these long-term care patients.
Peter Neary, a surgical specialist registrar and lead NCHD in the Mater Hospital, told IMN that they hope this will mark the beginning of an annual appeal. There will be a Christmas tree and desk stationed outside café sol 1 from 1-2pm until Wednesday 14th Dec where people can leave their gift under the tree. A donation to SVDP can also be registered to represent a gift one may want to give to a friend for Christmas.