The comfort kits are to provide support, both practical and emotional, to parents or carers of children rushed to hospital. They are intended to help the parent or carer feel better prepared to cope with the situation and to take in the information they are being given.
Emergencies, by their very nature, can happen at any time of the day or night, with parents or carers rushed to the hospital along with their child with very little time to prepare or gather belongings. The kits are designed to provide practical support for the first 24-48 hours and contain hygiene products such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes and shower gel to allow the parent to freshen up, a snack and also warm socks and a blanket to help them get some sleep when they can, as well as a tote bag to store it all along with any other items they may receive.
It also contains a notepad and pencil as it is often hard to retain all the information being given in such a traumatic situation, and also a teddy bear. This is a gift and a keepsake to the child from the charity, which we hope will bring a smile.
Although most of the items are for practical use, our aim is that the provision of the kit will help the parent or carer feel they are not alone, and there are people out there who care and support them.
It can be a bewildering, disorientating experience which parents are often thrust in to with little preparation or previous experience, which can add to the anxiety and worry. By anticipating the practical needs and providing help, we hope this also provides emotional support to allow the parent or carer to focus all their emotional energy in to caring for their child.