Maybe add a Dash of fundrais­ing to your prepa­ra­tions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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