Rainbows launches festive raffle
The first prize is £5,000
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.