Local schoolchildren brought a smile to patients’ faces by singing Christmas carols.
Year five and six pupils from St Christopher’s School, Belsize Park, visited the hospital on Friday to sing to patients and visitors and raise money for the Royal Free Charity.
Diane Goldman, voluntary services manager, who organised the event, said: “They come every year and it’s always such a lovely occasion. This year they decided to take some collection pots with them to raise money for the charity, which was really nice of them. They raised more than £200 which is such a fantastic amount.”
The Royal Free Charity will continue to spread some Christmas cheer this week with a range of events planned as part of a campaign sponsored by MITIE Asset Management.
Today (Monday 12 December), Christmas hampers are being delivered to staff who are working over the festive period and a fund-raising carol concert is being held at Unitarian Chapel at 7.30pm. On Tuesday, a former patient will be donating money to the charity and providing some musical entertainment on the children’s ward.
On Thursday, an interactive concert will be held on the children’s ward, and Royal Free volunteer Jonathan Fenton and his wife Carole will be wowing patients with their vocals at wards across the hospital. A jazz quartet will also being entertaining patients and visitors on Friday from 12 to 2pm in the main entrance.
Chris Burghes, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are committed to improving the patient experience at the Royal Free and Christmas is a time when this is especially important. It’s also important to show our gratitude to staff for all their hard work over the year.
“All of these activities help to create a festive environment which boosts staff morale and makes a patient’s stay in hospital just that little bit easier.”