Mom’s Favorite Reads eMagazine December 2019
Mom’s Favorite Charity
Christmas for CAMHS is a registered charitable company who provide Christmas gifts for children and young people who are inpatients in child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) wards during the festive season. Their aim is to make the young inpatients feel thought-about, special and included.
Christmas for CAMHS has been supported over the past few years by generous donations from the public and has received much gratitude from inpatient units. However, they are only able to provide gifts thanks to your charitable donations. To find out how you can donate money or gifts please visit https://www.christmasforcamhs.org.uk
Christmas for CAMHS was originally set up because volunteers saw a huge disparity in the way CAMHS units were treated over the festive period compared to other NHS services for children and young people. They wanted to do something to change that.
Children are admitted to CAMHS units to receive support and treatment for mental health issues, such as depression or eating disorders like anorexia. There are no official figures regarding how many children will spend the festive season in CAMHS units across the country. While many members of the public and corporate donors give Christmas gifts to children’s hospitals or children’s wards in general hospitals, CAMHS units, which are usually based away from other services, are often forgotten, or not known about.
As a charitable organisation, Christmas for CAMHS relies 100% on fundraising and your generous donations. Each penny goes directly to buying beautiful and well thought-out gifts for units across the country.
The organisers spend time contacting each unit to ensure the gifts are appropriate for the individual young people and to get an idea of what the young people like to do day to day on the wards.
If you would like to donate gifts or money please visit the Christmas for CAMHS website https://www.christmasforcamhs.org.uk