Support us this Christmas

I’m not used to writing letters like this, so trying to find the right words has been a little difficult. But, I do want to tell you how, with your help, we will be here at Christmas and beyond for patients and their loved ones.

I’d like to tell you about the Rixon family who turned to St Wilfrid’s in April and are now facing their first Christmas without their beloved mum and wife, Andrea. I helped to care for Andrea and it was so sad to see such a young family experience such heartbreak. But, people like you helped Andrea’s husband, Matt, and their children, eight year old Hannah and three year old Jamie, to make positive memories at St Wilfrid’s.

Can you help people like the young Rixon family with a gift this Christmas?

St Wilfrid’s is a charity and it’s because of this I’d like to ask you to please consider a donation today, of whatever you can afford, to help enable other people to receive such priceless care this Christmas and beyond.

Support for terminally-ill people and their loved ones is important at any time of year, but Christmas can make the journey of losing a loved one even harder. Our nurses and volunteers will be here, adding personal touches to help patients and visitors make the most of their time together, and our Family Services Team will be here to support loved ones, like Matt, Hannah and Jamie.

The generosity of people like you meant that over 900 new patients were cared for last year alone. Since opening our doors 30 years ago, our supporters have enabled more than 16,000 patients and their family and friends to receive tailored, specialist support at their time of need.

But we can only continue helping with your help. Our new Hospice building is underway so we can continue managing the need for our services now and in the future, but we must continue to raise the funds needed each and every day for those who need care now.

On behalf of all our patients, their loved ones, volunteers and staff – thank you so much and we wish you a pleasant Christmas.

Debbie Gatward

Registered Nurse, St Wilfrid’s Ward

As well as supporting our Christmas appeal, you may like to come along and remember your loved ones with us at our December events.