Members of Uttoxeter Girlguiding and their families and friends have been busy collecting toiletries and grooming items to create comfort bags for use in Burton Hospital, as their Autumn good turn!

The idea came from an article about a similar scheme spotted in a Manchester paper, and a local leader Hazel Berrisford, contacted Burton Hospital and spoke to Chris Maddox (Community & partnerships Manager) who was delighted to hear that Uttoxeter Division were keen to help support those in need of simple comforts during their hospital stay.

The 15 Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger units in Uttoxeter publicised the request for shampoos, shower gels, flannels, toothpaste and toothbrushes, childrens games and notepads – and after 6 weeks of collecting, were amazed to have enough items to fill 140 bags!

The bags were packed at Kingstone Village Hall on 22nd November by a group of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, before being handed over to Chris Maddox to be transported to the hospital. The girls had fun selecting the various items for inclusion whilst keeping their Guiding Promise to serve the local community and help others.

Our patients really appreciated the hard work from the group!