Hospice gearing up for Christmas season
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