The Dignity in Care Group at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is appealing to kind-hearted members of the public to once again donate ‘dignity clothes’ for patients who may need support in hospital.
The Dignity in Care Group and hospital staff continue to provide ‘dignity clothes’ for patients who are homeless or living alone who don’t have suitable clothing to wear. The group have set up a ‘dignity clothing cupboard’ at each of the three hospital sites (Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury and District), so that staff can easily access this facility for their patients.
The group is appealing to compassionate and generous members of the public to kindly donate any new, unwanted clothes to support this initiative, particularly over the cold winter months. Examples of clothing required are jogging bottoms, T-shirts, jumpers, cardigans, underwear, socks, etc. The only stipulation is that they must be new, not second-hand.
Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust who is involved in the initiative, said: “At the hospitals we often see patients who live alone or are homeless and who don’t have any suitable clean clothing. As part of the Trust’s ‘Respect’ value – showing value and respect for everyone and treating others as they would wish to be treated’ we would like to offer our patients good quality warm clothes as they are discharged from hospital during the winter months, which will go a long way in maintaining their dignity, and boost their self-respect and confidence.”
Any clothing can be handed in at the Volunteers’ Office, Gate 35, Level D at Pinderfields Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF1 4DG.
For more information or to arrange collection of items please contact Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse, Anita.Ruckledge@midyorks.nhs.uk or call 07780954892.
Photo: Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust