Ynys Mon MP Albert Owen has joined nursing students at the School of Health Sciences in Bangor to donate and support the ‘Presents for Patients’ drive, organised by the student nurses.

The nurses started the initiative two years ago when it was noticed that many patients in hospital over the Christmas period did not receive any gifts. Nobody likes being in hospital, especially at Christmas, so the student nurses began donating and wrapping gifts to give to patients on Christmas morning to cheer them up.

The nursing students have been donating the presents from any of their own extra or unwanted gifts and have even been buying extra items in their weekly shop, to try and make someone’s Christmas morning in hospital a little happier.

The shoe boxes will contain things like diaries, fluffy socks, playing cards, soap, shower gel, adult colouring books, reading books, puzzle books, nail varnish, pens, pencils and wash bags.

Albert Owen MP said: “This is an excellent scheme by the Nursing Society who make up gift boxes filled with presents to try to bring a little joy at the festive season to those who are in hospital across North Wales from Ysbyty Penrhos to Wrexham Maelor.

“I am told that last year over 120 boxes were delivered and this year with the support of local businesses and the general public, they are hoping to deliver over 200.

“I was pleased to be able to join the student nurses and make a donation from my constituency office.

“Being in hospital at Christmas can be a difficult time so these gifts to patients will make a real difference.

“I would like to thank Amy Hughes and the team of the Bangor University Nursing Society for their kindness and hard work in organising this special event.”