A Harrogate-based hospice care charity is inviting the community to spread some sparkle in the run-up to Christmas, by raising funds to support local families living with terminal illness and bereavement.
Sparkle for Saint Michael’s — a feel -good fundraising campaign which runs throughout December — sees individuals, businesses, schools, churches and community groups getting into the Christmas spirit by raising funds as part of their favourite festive traditions.
There are many easy ways for people to get involved: giving a donation in lieu of sending cards; asking for donations for mulled wine and mince pies at work; holding a Christmassy dress up day at school or in the office, or organising a bauble raffle.
Chief executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice Tony Collins said:
Saint Michael’s will be part of Christmas for so many local families; your donations this season will help us to offer care, support and comfort, so people living with a terminal illness and their families can make the most of precious time together this Christmas.
One person who has already planned her festive fundraiser is 10-year-old Evie Jalland, who is holding a special Christmas cake sale on Sunday 4 December 2016, from 11am at Jigsaw on James Street.
Budding baker Evie has raised hundreds of pounds for Saint Michael’s so far this year through her popular cake stalls, in tribute to her grandmother who was cared for by Saint Michael’s.
Anyone wishing to take part in Sparkle for Saint Michael’s should contact Saint Michael’s on (01423) 878628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made at http://bit.ly/1BkOa5z or T: (01423) 878 628
Saint Michael’s believes everyone in the Harrogate District should be offered the choice of the best possible end of life care regardless of their diagnosis or place of care.
We are the only organisation in the district dedicated to ensuring local people get the end of life care they need and deserve.
Saint Michael’s are doing this by:
- Continuing to improve and expand the Inpatient and Outpatient services available from our Hospice, at Hornbeam Park.
- Working in collaboration with our colleagues in the NHS to assist people who choose to live at home at the end of their life.
- Setting up and running the area’s first comprehensive bereavement support service.
- Playing a leading role in the development of a palliative care strategy for the local area.
- Identifying and sharing excellent clinical palliative care practise through the development of an education programme for health professionals.
- Acting as a voice for the views and concerns of the people who use these services.
The hospice places great value on dignity, respect, compassion and empowerment.
They currently spend £5million a year providing care. The government funding we receive covers around a fifth of our expenditure. This means the majority of our costs must be funded through the local community and our own fundraising initiatives.