Saturday, 9 August 2014

Wish 8- Donate an activity item or time to a hospital/day centre

I spend a few months each year in Burrswood hospital. They have a little craft room run by a wonderful volunteer called Dee. In the past I've sometimes made it to the craft room (and even made a good friend there) or Dee brings crafting activities up to me so I can craft in bed. It's a great escape from hospital life, enjoyable and good physio too! Over the years Dee has taught me various things including iris folding and spirelli. There used to be other volunteers who ran craft, music or story sessions although sadly they have now left.

Spirelli card which I made in hospital

My wish is for people to donate either some time (maybe offer to run a particular activity like reading to people, painting nails or making cards (you don't need to be an expert)) or items to a hospital/day centre/nursing home/respite place/hospice. You can ring up a local place and ask what they need or Dee would love the following to use with patients (patients are a range of ages and abilities)

-Plastic canvas this is an example, it's very cheap on ebay but most craft places have it
-3mm ribbon an example
-Simple 'glass' painting kits like this (Burrswood had glass paints donated to them)
-Mosaic kits (for use with the OT) like this

The address to send them to is Dee Taylor, Craft Room, Burrswood Hospital Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3 9PY

Thank you

I would love to hear or see pictures if you take part with any of my wishes and will read them on my birthday (21/12). My contact details are and Vikki C/O Post Pals, PO Box 278, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 4WN, England. Thank you


  1. I have ME but fortunately I am not bed bound. I am a qualified nurse and hope/plan to do a tropical diseases nursing course and then volunteer either here or overseas.

  2. Hi Vikki it's up to you if you feel ive done this wish. I donated 5 gluten and nut free Christmas cakes 3 to the community cafe and 1 to the local old people's home some of the people there have never had xmas cake because they are coeliacs or allergic to nuts. My dog rocco and I spent the after 3 playing bingo with them. The other one was made for a little brother and sister who where in a children's home both are coeliacs so they could have a xmas treat.

  3. I sent some plastic canvas yesterday via Amazon. A pleasure to do so.