Who we are
We are the “Hug on a Tray” Girls, a group of 8 who visit the Bexley Wing at St James’s Hospital in Leeds. Jane, Teresa, Edie, Trish, Christine, Linda, Elaine and myself Lesley. We are based in Otley West Yorkshire.
I have been a Chapaincy volunteer for 15 years, and 4 years ago, just before Christmas 2016 during my regular visits to patients on J88 I noticed that all the free TV’s had been removed from the individual rooms on the wards and replaced by a “New system” that was costing patients, at that time, up to £7-50 a day to access and watch TV. This felt totally unfair. It so happened around that same time I had formed a new social group for women in Otley to get together, share friendship, meals, and outings.etc. We named ourselves the
And we decided to do a bit of fundraising to help pay for some free TV for patients on J88 over the Christmas period. The response from the “Girls” was fabulous, and we raised enough, not just for one ward but two, J88 & J89 not just for the 4 days, but 10 days to include New Year as well.
Things evolved from this because kettles were then donated from Leeds Friends of Leukemia to all the patients in these isolated rooms, this was a lightbulb moment!! With the thought... if there’s a kettle in the rooms, well maybe we could donate, not just for the patients but their visiting families and friends, free teabags, coffee, milk, biscuits, cups and a tray! They could all help themselves! We then overspilled our provision to put a free Tea/ Coffee/ biscuits station in the outpatients department J87. “Hug on a Tray” was born! We have continued to pay for FREE TV for both wards since then.
We fundraise constantly, and are always so appreciative of donations that have helped us since then. We love what we do, the people we meet, and don’t want to stop any time soon!!
Become A Volunteer
If you would like to help Hug on a Tray please get in touch with Lesley Noble by clicking the link below.
What we do
We have managed, (with our fabulous supporters out there) to provide both wards J88 & J89 with FREE TV which is greatly appreciated by all the patients and families. In order to rent TVs for patients in 2 wards, 40 TV places in total, costs us £26,400 a year, it would cost a patient approximately £10 a day so this helps them enormously.
Besides this provision, we also give freely A“Hug on a Tray” this consists of every patient (all in single rooms to prevent cross infection) receiving on arrival, and topped up at will, a (melamine tray, two china beakers, and a goodie bag with everything needed for them and their visiting families to make a hot drink and snack & biscuits & sweets.) There is a kettle provided in every room. Alongside this free provision on the wards, We have also put in situ a FREE hot and cold drinks and snacks station in J87 Outpatients department where the people attending with family or friends can help themselves.
We also make sure that every patient receives a Christmas goodie bag with toiletries,various gifts and chocolates, this averages about £12 a patient, 40 patients plus 6 spares for anyone being admitted on Christmas Eve.
We pay for everything from paper cups ( average £55 a week) to everything that's needed in outpatients such as spoons, coffee, sugar, milk, hot chocolate, Horlicks, cup a soups, pot noodles, biscuits, plain and chocolate, mini cheddars, sweets and chocolates, fruit juices, etc! All tea is provided free by Taylors / Bettys of Harrogate.
Please note that no profit is made and we pay our own expenses “Petrol etc” and receive free parking as we are all volunteers.
Bless you all, any donations would be fabulous!