How to help Ukraine



Can you help say Merry Christmas to the staff and residents of care homes this Christmas?

Last year, Kingston voluntary group RBKares launched its Care Homes at Christmas project, which resulted in 3436 gifts and over 6000 homemade children’s cards being delivered to residents and staff.

As we approach Christmas 2021, it has set up its “Christmas Kindness for Care Homes” appeal across the borough.

It wants to say a huge thank you to all staff for coping with another extremely hard year in care homes by giving presents and cards to them and to all residents who have no relatives, to show the gratitude and love of our community.

How you can help….

It is asking for donations of new and unused gifts (toiletries, chocolates, jigsaws, colouring pencils, adult colouring books, notebooks, painting by numbers etc) or money via its online fundraising page which will be advertised on its Website and Facebook page.

If there are any crafters, it needs knitted items – scarves, pom-pom hats and mittens.

There will also be an Amazon wish list.

It hopes to deliver to the borough’s care homes by the second week of December.

RBKares has done an incredible job in showing people in the borough how much they are appreciated. Well done to this fantastic group.

It has…

…donated about 600 mindful gift bags (hand sewn and embroidered bags with a craft activity, chocolate and pampering treats) for the staff who were off sick or struggling at Kingston and Tolworth hospitals. Members of the community bought thousands of treats, snacks and energy drinks, 44 coffee machines and coffee from a wishlist and also raised over £20,000 pounds for the Kingston Hospital Wellbeing Fund. The volunteers made and embroidered sleeveless fleeces for Kingston A&E while they had to see patients outside.

…baked for A&E and ITU.

…at Easter, the neighbourhood donated hundreds of Easter eggs to a bunny and chick (actually paediatric nurses) who distributed them around the hospital.

…supported the paediatric unit with hundreds of fidget toys to distract the children who were struggling with mental health issues and donated hundreds of toys and seamstresses sewed dozens of wonderful chemo duck outfits for the children on Sunshine ward.

…made and embroidered 486 scrub bags to welcome back the hospital volunteers and continue to make personalised embroidered scrubs for certain departments including the chaplaincy which has had a hugely positive impact on their work. It has also made Covid Marshall bibs for staff at vaccination centres.

…worked with some local schools to do artwork for Tolworth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and this has bought healing and hope to the unit.

…it has a team of ladies sewing fidget mats with multiple activities on them for the local nursing homes.

…its current projects are sorting, washing, categorising, packing and delivering hundreds of bags of donations for the Afghan refugees. It is collaborating with a newly launched Women’s Hub to make bags filled with positive messages and items for the users who are fleeing domestic violence and hope to help with workshops at the hub.

…it is making noughts and crosses bags out of recycled fabric and plastic milk bottle tops to give to children in A&E, learning-disabled adults who have to go into hospital and to patients in the mental health assessment rooms.

…RBKares has been collaborating with Sewing4Kingston to raise money for the Royal British Legion by making fabric poppy brooches out of remnants and are using the GoodGym missions to distribute them.