This Christmas will be for many, very different from all others. For St Wilfrid's, it is a time when our compassionate care and companionship is a gift gratefully received by patients and their loved ones as they face an uncertain festive season.
This Christmas we will be supporting over 330 patients and their families, and by the New Year we will have handed over 900 referrals in 2020 alone. Our staff strive to combat these anxious times with humour, humility and humanity. The PPE might cover our smiles, but we are all keen to show patients and each other, our smiling, empathetic and compassionate best selves as ever.
This time of year is still a special one for making memories and St Wilfrid's will continue to serve throughout the festive season, ensuring local people facing life limiting illness can share more precious moments with loved ones.
Above all else, Christmas is a season for perpetual hope. The St Wilfrid’s Hospice vision is to insure local people have access to specialist end of life care and bereavement support for loved ones when and where they need it most. This need is keenly felt at Christmas and New Year especially, and our hope is with the ongoing support of the local community we can continue to plan for the future.
From the St Wilfrid’s Hospice family to yours, Merry Christmas.
Below are a variety of ways you can support your local Hospice this Christmas:
Brilliant Night In
Sip, savour and support us this Christmas with a gintastic night in with Brilliant Gin.
Download your FREE 'Brilliant night In' pack now and please drink responsibly.
Recycle your Christmas Tree
The simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree this year is to get involved in St Wilfrid’s Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme.
Let St Wilfrid’s wonderful team of volunteers collect your tree and ethically dispose of it for you from 6th January 2021 in return for a donation to the Hospice.
Available now in all 12 shops with exclusive designs include snow capped local landmarks. Shop online in our eBay store. Please note we cannot accept donated goods at this time.
Light Up A Life 2020
St Wilfrid’s invite you to remember loved ones with us at our traditional annual remembrance event held on Sunday 6 December at 6pm.
This year a service will be hosted on Facebook @stwilfridschichester via YouTube. If you would like to donate to this year's Christmas Appeal please click here.
Dedicate a Star
Visit our Christmas dedication page to light a star and remember a loved one. Please visit stwh.co.uk/christmaslights
Get Active this Christmas
We can find ways uniquely ours to make a difference to local lives. Get Active with a virtual or physical challenge and speak to firstname.lastname@example.org to make it safe and successful.
Together lets make a difference to local lives this Christmas:
- £5 would provide Christmas dinner for a patient on Christmas Day
- £25 could help provide our expert advice over the phone to a family caring for a loved one at home
- £30 provides all the supplies one of our Community Nurses need from Christmas to New Year’s Eve
- £50 could support a home visit to a patient and over an hour of care by a St Wilfrid’s Nurse Specialist
“In December 2017 I thought I had weeks to live. Last Christmas, I got to celebrate my daughter Vicky coming over from Spain for Christmas Day with the whole family. With St Wilfrid’s Hospices’ help not only did I make it but I started to believe I could make and do a lot more than I previously did. Come Christmas day Vicky and the grandkids put up a Spanish piñata full of sweets. Well they took great delight as I swung my walking sticks at it blindfolded, falling over more times than I hit it!
This year I look forward to my 4th Christmas since that dark time. Christmas may look a little different for all of us but having been learnt to slow things right down with St Wilfrid’s help, well… I’ve learnt it’s the little moments of joy that make it all worth it."
- Mick Harmsworth
(A patient who used to visit our Living Well Service and now they visit him, providing online physiotherapy courses, counselling and a sympathetic ear over the phone.)