A clothing bank for mental health patients ran by volunteers has recently celebrated its third anniversary.

'The Wardrobe’, based in Worcester, celebrated its milestone earlier this month after being set up in 2021 by Dr Louisa Ward.

It supplies emergency free and clean clothing for patients admitted to the Elgar Unit, ran by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, which provides inpatient care to those experiencing severe mental health difficulties.


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Insufficient clothing at admission can severely impact patients' well-being and independence, who are often without due to financial hardship.

The charity aims to ensure patients feel comfortable during their time of need and aid the recovery process.

Dr Ward said: "We started the clothing bank as a way to provide patients with access to clean clothes, helping them feel comfortable upon admission and promoting independence.

"I am glad it has not only sustained but also flourished over the last 3 years – all thanks to our lovely staff and volunteers.

"For some, clothing represents dignity, and we want to make sure we protect and preserve all our patients’ dignities no matter what mental health issues they are facing.

"I know the Wardrobe has helped many, and I hope it continues to help those who need it.”

Gemma Diss, associate director of specialist mental health and learning disability services said: "It’s great to see our staff go above and beyond to care for patients in our local community. The safety and care of our patients is our top priority, but our care efforts go well beyond them.

“A big thanks to Louisa and all the staff who help maintain this noble initiative on top of their day-to-day duties.”

The charity has a variety of size options, having received clothing thanks to public donations, and organisations like Re-Fashion, ASOS, Selective, Aldi, Bonaker Convalescent Charity, Talk Clothing, and Preloved Kilo into good use.

The Wardrobe also offers workwear for job interviews, and sportswear to encourage physical activity in patients and the community.

Donation can be made to the charity at Newtown Hospital.