Maybe add a Dash of fundraising to your preparations
WE WOULD like to wish everyone in Chesham and beyond a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year.
Our medical staff and volunteers will be working hard over the festive season to make Christmas a special time of year for patients being cared for at the hospice, and their families. Patients receive a Christmas stocking courtesy of Santa and are treated to a delicious home-cooked Christmas dinner prepared by head chef Chris Took and his dedicated catering team.
We know that Christmas can be a very poignant time of year, particularly if you have lost a loved one recently. At the beginning of December, we light our Remembrance Tree in our beautiful grounds to remember those we have lost.
This year we are also lighting stars on a special page on our website. If you would like to make a personal dedication, you can do so here and a star will shine brightly in memory of your loved one for the whole of the festive period.
To dedicate a star, and make a voluntary donation to support the hospice’s work with patients and the bereaved, please visit www. stfrancis.org.uk/lightupalife. Members of a nursing team at the hospice
More than 100 adults, children and assorted dogs – the Chesham Charity Crazies – have signed up for our hospice Santa Dash on Sunday, December 14 at 10am in Hemel Hempstead and are looking for other Cheshamites to join their party!
The community-spirited fun lovers are getting together as a way of enabling the community to come together behind ‘an amazing local charity’, says organiser and mum-of-four Claire Rooney, from Orchard Leigh.
Santa Dash is a 2.5-mile mad-cap festive fundraiser for the hospice, which needs £4.7million every year to fund its free care for people with life-limiting illnesses across Bucks.
It costs just £15 for adults to register and £5 for children. Alternatively, you can enter the whole family, including the dog, for £35. Santa outfits are included in the entry fee and participants are asked to raise as much as they can in sponsorship.
To join the team, send a request on Facebook at Charitycrazies, or visit www.stfrancis.org.uk/ santadash.
If 2015 is the year you and your partner would like to emulate the BBC Strictly contestants, then why not sign up for our Strictly Learn Dancing challenge, starting at the end of January? You will be taught to dance the Charleston and Paso Doble in just six weeks and then get to perform your routines in front of family and friends at Centenary Hall, Berkhamsted.
We’re also looking for people who want to lose weight for our Biggest Loser 2015 challenge, again starting in January!
More details on our website, at www.stfrancis.org.uk/events.
Thank you for your continuing support.
NEEDING YOUR SUPPORT: