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Dignity Clothes Appeal

Photo: Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse with donations received last year.

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 are homeless or living alone, who don’t have suitable clothing to wear during their stay in hospital.

The Group is asking compassionate and generous members of the public to kindly donate any new, unwanted clothes to continue supporting this initiative.  Examples of clothing required are jogging bottoms, T-shirts, jumpers, cardigans and socks. 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: “We have seen a recent influx of patients into our hospitals that, for various reasons, don’t have any suitable clean clothing, and we want to be able to offer them good quality, clean clothes when they are discharged from hospital. This will go a long way in maintaining their dignity, and boosting their self-respect and confidence.

“We were overwhelmed by the deluge of dignity clothes sent into us by the local community following our appeal for new clothing last year.”

The group provide 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.

Any kind donations 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 to have items collected please contact Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse, Anita.Ruckledge@midyorks.nhs.uk or call 07780954892.