Over 400 pairs of brand new pyjamas have found their way to hospitals in time for Christmas, thanks to this year’s Jim-Jams for Jamie appeal.
The appeal commemorates Jamie Inglis, who died of high-risk neuroblastoma almost ten years ago and helps to address the shortage of suitable night attire for children who are in hospital over Christmas After initially fearing that donations may be down on previous years, as a result of the cost-of-living crisis, a late surge in numbers has seen the total exceed the expectations of Vicky Inglis, appeal organiser and Jamie’s mum.
She said: “I thought that, under the circumstances, people would be feeling the pressure of rising prices and it may be difficult for them. But people have proved to be as generous and caring as ever. “I thought we might only get about 150 pairs, but the total is 433 pairs.” Of these, more than 250 pairs were dropped off at the Selby Times collection point, a fact which was not lost on Vicky. She said: “You know, we really couldn’t do this without the support of the Selby Times as a collection centre and a point of contact. It’s just amazing.” Distribution of the pyjamas to the recipient hospitals is well under way, with 150 pairs having already been given to Leeds General Infirmary, 130 pairs to York District Hospital and others having been dispatched to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary. New for this year, though, was a consignment of 26 pairs to University College of London Hospitals NHS Trust, whose appearance on the list arose through Vicky’s other role, as Head of Family Support Services for the charity Solving Kids Cancer. She was in discussion with the London teaching hospital group and was inspired to ask if they had any specific needs to be addressed. The response came back “pyjamas”. Vicky said: “All of this means that we are now just a little short of 4000 pairs of pyjamas donated and distributed since the appeal began in 2015. 3956 pairs – it’s markable. “I really want to thank everyone who has given and to wish them a very Happy Christmas.”
Vicky Inglis with Candlelighters at Leeds General Infirmary (15-12-195 SU)