This year, Ableworld will be teaming up with both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, to help make Christmas Day in hospital a special day for patients.

Nearly 1,000 elderly people will be in a bed in hospital on Christmas Day, many without close family members who are able to visit them, so a small present to open can make a huge difference, says Ableworld.

The company is appealing to the public this Christmas to fill a shoe box with small things which people may take for granted, but that an elderly person would appreciate.

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Having been involved in similar initiatives for the last two years and collecting more than 100 shoeboxes each time, Ableworld is hoping for bigger and better donations this year.

Ableworld suggests: puzzle books, hot chocolate, biscuits, warm socks, gloves, slippers, scarfs, hats, tins of soup, toiletries, confectionary, pens, puzzle books or handmade gifts, but specifically states no alcohol.

The shoeboxes can be taken to Ableworld stores in Birkenhead, Burton, Chester, Congleton, Crewe, Hanley, Llandudno, Nantwich, Newport, Northwich, Oswestry, Reading, Rhyl, Shrewsbury, Stockport, Wrexham and the Ableworld Head Office in Nantwich before 17th December.

Ableworld will ensure all donations will be delivered directly to both hospitals before Christmas Day.

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