December 14, 2020

Christmas ISS the season for giving

Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” 

Christmas conjures up images of celebrations around the dinner table, presents under the Christmas tree and being surrounded by close friends and family.

The last, in particular, will be cause for added celebration for many of us after a year of lockdown and isolation. Yet there are others who may not get the opportunity to be with their loved ones and their families – and this includes patients in our Children’s Ward at Northern Hospital.

For the fourth year running now, ISS Facility Services are hoping to make a difference to these children, unfortunate enough to be spending Christmas away from their families, with their annual Christmas Appeal.

Over the past four years, over 500 children in the ward have been reminded that they are both cared for and not forgotten in this season of giving. Their joy has been shared by grateful parents, who have appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gifts their children received.

Says Snez Poposka, Facilities Service Manager ISS Facility Services, “What prompted me to organise this Christmas Appeal was the thought that, while I get to enjoy Christmas with my kids, there are these children without even the simple pleasure of a Christmas present.”

“It doesn’t have to be an expensive present. It’s the thought that matters more. It is a chance to bring a smile to a child,” she adds.

For more details on what presents you could give, please click here. The last date for sending in presents is 16 December.

Says Courtney Lowry, Nurse Unit Manager Children’s Ward, “Every year, I have been overwhelmed by the lovely acts of kindness from ISS that have brought smiles to the children and their families during what is a stressful time while they are in hospital. I would urge staff and colleagues to support this appeal.”

Featured picture shows Courtney Lowry, Nurse Unit Manager Childrens Ward with Snez Poposka, Facilities Service Manager ISS and the ISS team from last year’s appeal.