A Swansea University student has launched a campaign to collect basic toiletries and resources for hospital patients who are unable to access them themselves.
Laura Davies, a third year Adult Nursing student, realised some patients rely on the generosity of the public to donate them.
Laura said she was inspired to launch the initiative after witnessing the incredible care hospital staff provide to patients and wanted to help in any way she could, especially as she knows at times like these, funds can be quite tight.
“I hope collecting these basic toiletries and resources will help enhance the fantastic care hospitals already provide – and make the lives of the patients who need these items, a little bit easier.”
With the help of fellow third year Adult Nursing student Carina Jones, Laura has collected more than 250 items for patients.
“I would like to thank everyone who has donated and those who continue to donate – collecting 250 items is a huge achievement. I feel very lucky to be able to work on the wards I work on, with incredible staff and patients.”
Catherine Williams, Programme Director for Pre-registration Nursing, said:
“Laura and Carina really have gone above and beyond to help patients in their time of need, and their efforts have been recognised and appreciated by patients and hospital staff.
“Laura’s initiative has inspired fellow students, staff and the general public to donate a huge range of products that will be shared across the service delivery units in Swansea Bay University Health Board. We are extremely proud of both Laura and Carina and would like to thank them for their efforts.”
Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Director of Nursing and Patient Experience, Gareth Howells, said:
“This is a fantastic gesture by Laura and Carina, which we know patients really appreciate.
“People’s generosity never ceases to amaze me.”
Due to this overwhelming amount of donations received from the public, talks are in place to continue this initiative with future nursing cohorts.