Parents’ Association delivers 50 gift packs to NHS staff at Airedale Hospital
Sophie Clayton

At the start of our third lockdown in January, the Giggleswick School Parents’ Association launched their fundraising initiative to provide gift packs for as many ITU care staff at Airedale Hospital as possible. After speaking with Anita, a medically retired ITU Sister, they heard that many frontline NHS staff were struggling to cope both mentally and physically with the second surge of Covid-19, and so with Anita’s help they provided a gift pack of Temple Spa goodies to frontline nurses/carers for every £10 raised.

The pack includes a ‘thank you’ card, with the front of the card designed by student Poppy Coultas (see image of design, ‘Dandelion Clocks’), the winner of a postcard competition, launched by Imogen Crombie.

Following the success of the fundraiser, members of the Parents’ Association, alongside Poppy and Imogen, were delighted to be able to deliver 50 gift packs which covered all the ICU staff at Airedale Hospital on Wednesday.

Sarah Crombie, Chair of the Giggleswick School Parents’ Association, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with how successful our fundraiser has been to support frontline NHS staff, we can’t thank them enough for the enormous effort they have made during the crisis, the ICU staff have worked tirelessly for a year now, and this is just our way of showing support. Due to its success we hope to continue our relationship with Airedale Hospital and continue fundraising to support them in any way we can. It was brilliant for students to be involved in the process, Poppy’s illustration has been wonderfully received and provides the opportunity for each gift pack to contain a personal message from the donating family.”

Jodie Hearnshaw, Charity Manager at Airedale Hospital, said: “We are delighted to receive these wonderful gifts from Giggleswick School and would like to say an enormous thank you to everyone that has supported the fundraising campaign.  The kind thoughts and wishes of our local communities have been a huge boost over the past year and have kept our teams going through a very challenging time.  We look forward to strengthening our new friendships into the future.”

If you would like to show your support for the Giggleswick School Parents’ Association fundraiser, please visit www.gspa.org.uk to find out more.