Patient care pack founder Katherine Mills delivered her 5,000th free pack to Northwick Park Hospital this week.
The initiative started during the first wave of the pandemic when hundreds covid patients were admitted to hospital as emergency admissions and no visitors were allowed.
In response, Katherine enlisted the help of the local community and Eastcote/Ruislip and 9th Ruislip Brownies and started collecting toiletries.
The scheme proved so popular that she began reaching out to other hospitals including Hillingdon, Watford General, Harefield, Ealing, Queen Charlotte’s, Wexham and Charing Cross hospitals.
Each packs contains a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo and lotion, cereal bar and a get well note.
The scheme now addresses the wider issue of non-covid patients who arrive suddenly at hospital, such as the elderly, homeless and people with mental health issues. It also provides clothing when patients are discharged.
Katherine co-ordinates the campaign from home with the help of her family and students from Haydon Secondary School.
Hospital worker Karen Keogh, who has been helping distribute the packs around the hospital, said: “These students including my daughter and Katherine’s son have been amazing. They make up hundreds of packs up a week as well writing personalised get well notes.
“My daughter Scarlett also raised nearly £2000 for care packs which means we’ve been able to keep on producing them in partnership with various sponsors and donations.”
Hospital matron Rachel Butler even got in on the act by raising £1,500 last week with the support of her local rugby club ensuring that packs will continue to be made.