Bipolar UK's Support Group in Carnforth are holding a present-giving event for patients at The Orchard mental health unit, Lancaster.

Carnforth Support Group donate Christmas gifts to local mental health unit(L-R) Siobhan Wilson (Occupational Therapist), Jayne, Cath (Bipolar UK volunteers) and Ann Brown (Manager at The Orchard)

The group will be meeting with Darren Smith, Volunteer Services Manager, and Bev Craw, Ward Manager, at The Orchard. Bipolar UK Support Group attendees Jayne Collins and Cath Mason-Milward will be presenting the gifts on 12 December.

Jayne said, "We have all agreed to buy presents suitable for the hospital policies for each patient who will have to spend Christmas in hospital and away from home. Christmas can be extremely difficult if in hospital and the group just wanted to give the patients a little surprise to open on Christmas Day."

Darren Smith added, "Jayne used to volunteer for Lancashire Care at Ridge Lea Hospital and has always demonstrated a deep empathy and a sincere determination to help and support other people.

"We would like to thank Jayne, Cath and the members at the group for this extremely kind donation. Christmas is a time for giving and the staff here are really looking forward to distributing the gifts and seeing the smiles on the patients' faces."

In 2015, the group also donated presents to the Kentmere Ward at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, and wanted to repeat the gesture for another local service.

Our Support Groups are run by Bipolar UK and our volunteer Support Group Co-facilitators and provide people with a safe space to share experiences and information about bipolar. They're free and open to anybody affected by bipolar, including friends, family and carers.

Bipolar UK's Carnforth Support Group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month, 2.00 - 4.00pm, at Carnforth Civic Hall, North Road.