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Connecting Together Provides Welcome Gifts to Hospital Patients

Newsdate: 23 March 2016Connecting Together Donation

Patients at Wigan Infirmary were treated to some lovely gifts donated by Connecting Together on Monday 21 March.

Connecting Together is a Golborne-based day service for people with varying levels of disability. Their dedicated and experienced staff ensure that disabled people have a place to go to take part in some wonderful activities. They endeavour to provide a compassionate approach with the individual needs of each service user taken into account.

Among the activities on offer at the service centre are; Arts and Crafts, Armchair Exercises, Dance Classes, and Cooking and Baking sessions. They also offer a selection of tremendous off-site activities such as; Horse Riding, Nature Walks and Bowling.

The gifts they were presenting to patients had been wonderfully crafted by visitors to the centre at their Arts and Crafts sessions. Having expressed a desire to donate some presents to the hospital, they decided to make some decorative Easter egg baskets, each with some chocolate neatly placed inside.

To make the presentation, a small group of service users, along with two members of Connecting Together’s team, came along to Wigan Infirmary to give them out on our hospital wards. The two members of staff were Lorraine Birchall and Barbara Logan. The service users who came along were Pamela Walsh, Phillip Murphy, Jeffrey Roberts and Robert Parry. They were greeted at the hospital by WWL Head of Engagement, Andrea Arkwright, and WWL Head of Nursing for Scheduled Care, Carolyn Dereszkiewicz.

Both Carolyn and Andrea showed them around the hospital, taking them to a number of in-patient wards so that they could distribute their gifts. The delighted look on the service users faces was truly heart-warming as they got to hand out their creative presents. Our patients thoroughly appreciated the kind and thoughtful gesture as well.

Catherine Sudworth, from Connecting Together, was clear where the credit should lie for the donation. She said, “The idea to donate gifts to the hospital was the Service Users’ idea. They wanted to give something back to the community, who weren’t feeling 100% fit, and to generally cheer them up. Together we believe the best in each of us, enriches all of us.”

Carolyn Dereszkiewicz was very happy to enable the gift presentations. She said, “This kind and caring gesture was received with great thanks from our patients. It is so amazing that time and care has been taken to create the lovely Easter gifts and then share them with the patients in our care.”

Finally, Andrea Arkwright wanted to pay tribute to the centre at its service users for their gesture. “At WWL, we are hugely thankful for the kind and considerate donation by Connecting Together and its service users. The team at the day service do tremendous work to support some of the more vulnerable people in our local community and we congratulate them for that. The fact that their users thought compassionately about others, who are unfortunately spending time in hospital during the Easter period, is a huge credit to them.”

Anyone wishing to find out more information about Connecting Together and their services can do so. Their website is:

Alternatively, you can contact them directly by e-mailing: or call them on 07447694257.