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Dedicated teenagers' generous gift to mental health patients

Teenagers from across Ipswich have generously donated special activity packages to keep patients who are receiving care from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) entertained in the evenings after raising more than £500 to pay for the gifts.

The 16-strong group of 16 and 17-year-olds raised the money as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) initiative by arranging a fete and selling homemade t-shirts.

They used the money to buy board games, art supplies, DVDs, beauty products and adult colouring books for patients at the Woodlands Unit, which is run by NSFT at Ipswich Hospital. They also paid for popcorn for patients to enjoy while watching their DVDs, and have enough money left over for a pizza night.

Molly Steward, group leader with NCS, said: “We were really pleased to raise so much for this worthwhile cause and hope that the patients at Woodlands enjoy the gifts which the group have chosen for them.

“Several of the group have experienced mental health problems, so unanimously voted to support NSFT. They have shown fantastic drive and determination throughout the project and we are very proud of them all.”

Tara Brown, modern matron at Woodlands, said: “We are really grateful that the group chose to do something special for the people who are receiving care at Woodlands. The care packages are a brilliant idea and will make a real difference to those on the ward.

“We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to raise this fantastic sum.”