Charity needs more toiletries for hospital

A CHARITY which provides toiletries for patients who end up in hospital unexpectedly is in need of donations.

Smellies for the Sick, which is ten years old this month, needs help to support patients at Southend Hospital.

The initiative, part of the Southend Hospital Charity, collects toiletries for patients admitted to hospital without their own belongings.

It was started by Christine Mason in 2004, who, while visiting her mother in hospital, noticed the lack of toiletries available to patients.

The fund regularly supplies toiletries to 19 hospital wards and runs purely on donations from the public.

Christine said: “I was visiting my mother in hospital on a daily basis and one of the ward sisters mentioned they were short of toiletries.

I came back the next day with a small collection to help out and they were so grateful. I could see a real need for this type of service.”

The charity needs items such as talc, deodorant, bubble bath, aftershave, shower gel, toothpaste, hair brushes and combs.

Kayley Fletcher, the hospital’s community fundraising manager, said “Smellies for the Sick has provided an invaluable service to our patients over the past ten years and we are so grateful for their continued support.”

There are six collection points where you can take toiletries: St Andrew’s Churches, Ashingdon and Rochford, Canewdon Endowed Primary School, Dr Jones Surgery, Hockley, the general office or information desk at Southend Hospital and Energie Fitness for Women, Southend.

Businesses interested in hosting a collection point can call 01702 204377, or e-mail christine.

mason@rochfordessex.net

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8:06pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Royr says...

Next time I'm in the 99p shop I'll pick up some stuff - easy peezy
Next time I'm in the 99p shop I'll pick up some stuff - easy peezy Royr
  • Score: 6

8:32pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Maya Pinnion says...

Just what you need when you are ill, someone in the next beds reeking of hai karate or brut
Just what you need when you are ill, someone in the next beds reeking of hai karate or brut Maya Pinnion
  • Score: -3

10:01pm Sun 23 Mar 14

I hate the police! says...

Why don't they just go down to Asda and get it themselves? Lazy bastardds.
Why don't they just go down to Asda and get it themselves? Lazy bastardds. I hate the police!
  • Score: -11

10:37pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

I hate the police! wrote:
Why don't they just go down to Asda and get it themselves? Lazy bastardds.
....and how do they do that if they are ill, in a hospital bed barmpot?

Somebody give me a hammer and chisel.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the police![/bold] wrote: Why don't they just go down to Asda and get it themselves? Lazy bastardds.[/p][/quote]....and how do they do that if they are ill, in a hospital bed barmpot? Somebody give me a hammer and chisel. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

10:20am Mon 24 Mar 14

Happy Chickie says...

I'll be contributing to this.
I'll be contributing to this. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 1

10:50am Mon 24 Mar 14

runwellian says...

I was admitted in an emergency and had to buy a comb from the hospital trolley.
the comb cost around a £1 when you can buy a whole packet of around ten combs for that money, it was a cheap with sharp edges fro that reason, unusable.

A packet of sweets from the shop cost £1.49 but the same identical pack costs 65p in a supermarket.

I stopped supporting the hospital due to its hike on prices and have yet to see anyone given toiletries when admitted in an emergency!
I was admitted in an emergency and had to buy a comb from the hospital trolley. the comb cost around a £1 when you can buy a whole packet of around ten combs for that money, it was a cheap with sharp edges fro that reason, unusable. A packet of sweets from the shop cost £1.49 but the same identical pack costs 65p in a supermarket. I stopped supporting the hospital due to its hike on prices and have yet to see anyone given toiletries when admitted in an emergency! runwellian
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