Hospice gear­ing up for Christ­mas sea­son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

THE hospice cares for pa­tients through­out the Christ­mas sea­son, with staff and vol­un­teers on hand round the clock.

Pa­tients stay­ing with us over the Christ­mas pe­riod re­ceive a hand­made blan­ket and stock­ing and a spe­cial Christ­mas meal with all the trim­mings is avail­able to fam­i­lies dur­ing the day.

In ad­di­tion, chil­dren we have sup­ported dur­ing the year are in­vited to a Christ­mas party where Santa makes an ap­pear­ance!

We also in­vite any­one in our com­mu­nity to Light up a Life by ded­i­cat­ing a light to re­mem­ber fam­ily and friends no longer with us.

The lights on the Hospice Re­mem­brance Tree will be il­lu­mi­nated and will burn brightly through­out the fes­tive sea­son, sym­bol­is­ing the bright­ness and joy that spe­cial peo­ple have brought to our lives. Spe­cial star ded­i­ca­tion cards are avail­able at the hospice and on­line at www.stfran­cis.org. uk/Ligh­tu­pal­ife.

Hospice CEO Steve Jamieson said: “It is at Christ­mas when the loss of loved ones is most strongly felt and we know the sym­bol­ism of hav­ing lights burn­ing brightly on our Re­mem­brance Tree brings com­fort at a poignant time.”

Ded­i­cat­ing a light in mem­ory of some­one spe­cial is com­pletely free but the hospice is hugely grate­ful for any do­na­tions re­ceived to help sup­port its work over the Christ­mas pe­riod and be­yond.

Just £12 could pro­vide toys and mem­ory books for a be­reaved child, while £34 could pay for lunch for a fam­ily spend­ing Christ­mas in the Hospice.

This year, for the first time, we will be sell­ing top qual­ity Nord­mann Fir, non-drop, Christ­mas trees from Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4, with prices start­ing at £30. Visit us at Spring Gar­den Lane, off Shoot­er­sway, Berkham­sted, Hert­ford­shire, ev­ery day from 9am to 6pm (ex­clud­ing Sun­day, De­cem­ber 6 when sales will end at noon).

Get into the Christ­mas spirit by do­ing our 2.5 mile Santa Dash through Hemel Hemp­stead on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 13 start­ing at 10am.

Bring the fam­ily (and your pet dog), have fun and help us raise funds for the hospice this Christ­mas time! Reg­is­ter at www.stfran­cis.org.uk/san­tadash.

If you’re plan­ning New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions, the hospice can help you achieve some­thing amaz­ing for your­self, and for us! Why not:

Sky­dive for us on Sun­day, March 20, 2016. Go on our 10-day trek to Peru in Septem­ber 2016, tak­ing in the Inca Trail and work­ing on a com­mu­nity project.

Vol­un­teer for us. Cur­rently, we are look­ing for peo­ple to join our Sup­port­ive Care Be­reave­ment team. Full train­ing will be given, start­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2016. Con­tact vol­un­tary ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor Gil­lian van der Merwe to find out more.

Lose weight for us by join­ing our Big­gest Loser Chal­lenge in con­junc­tion with Sportspace, Hemel Hemp­stead. We are look­ing for 20 in­di­vid­u­als who want to work to­gether to lose weight and raise pounds for hospice care.

For fur­ther de­tails on the hospice, visit www.stfran­cis.org.uk or call 01442 869 555. Fol­low us on Face­book/TheHospice­ofStFran­cis or Twit­ter @hos­pic­st­fran­cis. We wish you all a peace­ful Christ­mas and a Happy New Year.

Santa dash: This year’s event is on De­cem­ber 13

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