Rain­bows launches fes­tive raf­fle

The first prize is £5,000

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

RAIN­BOWS Hospice for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple has launched its Big Christ­mas Raf­fle by teach­ing a spe­cial ver­sion of Jin­gle Bells to shop­pers at its Lough­bor­ough store.

Hospice staff wanted to take some Christ­mas sparkle to the com­mu­nity to co­in­cide with its fes­tive raf­fle, so taught the pop­u­lar sea­sonal tune in Maka­ton – which uses signs and sym­bols and is used widely in the hospice to help staff, chil­dren and young peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate.

At just £1, tick­ets are now avail­able for the raf­fle which raises funds for Rain­bows - the only hospice in the East Mid­lands to pro­vide care and sup­port to chil­dren and young peo­ple with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions, in­clud­ing those from Lough­bor­ough.

And the win­ner of the Big Christ­mas Raf­fle will cer­tainly glow with Christ­mas cheer as the top prize is £5,000. Other cash prizes of £250, £100 and £50 are up for grabs. The draw will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, and tick­ets can be pur­chased un­til Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7.

Julie Ma­cauley, fam­ily li­ai­son at Rain­bows, led the ses­sion at the Cat­tle Mar­ket shop. She said: “At Rain­bows we like to in­clude all of our chil­dren and young peo­ple in ev­ery­thing we do so quite of­ten, we use Maka­ton sign lan­guage to help them com­mu­ni­cate.

“We thought it would be nice to take Maka­ton to the com­mu­nity to give peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to know what it is like to use not just their voices to cel­e­brate Christ­mas, but also their hands.

“To see so many peo­ple join­ing in and learn­ing to say Happy Christ­mas means so much to ev­ery­one at Rain­bows and we wish ev­ery­one luck with the Big Christ­mas Raf­fle.”

Last year, the Big Christ­mas Raf­fle raised £15,000. Buy­ing a book of tick­ets could help to fund two days’ worth of oxy­gen for a child at Rain­bows and two books of raf­fle tick­ets worth £20 could help to fund a mu­sic ther­apy.

To buy tick­ets, con­tact Gill on 01509 638056, email lot­tery@rain­bows.co.uk, or visit www.rain­bows.co.uk/bigchrist­mas­raf­fle

Tick­ets can also be bought at the Rain­bows shop in Cat­tle Mar­ket or at the hospice in Lark Rise.

Rain­bows mas­cot Bow Bear with Rain­bows CEO Dee Sis­sons and Santa at the launch of the Rain­bows Big Christ­mas Raf­fle.

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