WHAT IS 'GIVE A GIFT'?
Established in 2012 'Give a Gift' is a group of local people who all have a personal connection to Southampton General Hospital. Some as long term patients, some as parents of patients and some who have experienced the great work they do through having family or friends spend time there.
We are not for profit and all of us volunteer to run our yearly event.
Every December we hold a family friendly music and festive day to support the hospital charity and also Families of Ocean Ward who are also based at the hospital.
We ask for an unwrapped gift in lieu of an entry fee all of which are taken by ourselves with Santa and his Elves to the Children in the wards on Christmas morning.
We also have a giant tombola and funds raised are split between the 2 charities also.
To date we're collected in excess of 2000 gifts and raised over £6000 for charities.
Our future plans to expand on our love of music and healing qualities of listening and playing it are manifesting into a brand new programme of in-ward music performances, workshops and fun visits by well known and respected artists. Our "Musical Medicine" project had been put on hold due to the pandemic but with restrictions finally lifting we are in the planning stages of our first in-ward visits with a view to rolling out a pilot programme early 2023.