Local Hospice must raise £30,000 to fund Christmas Day for patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness

St Barnabas Hospice have launched a campaign to raise £30,000 this month to care for patients on Christmas Day

It will cost £30,136.98 this year for St Barnabas to care for Lincolnshire patients who are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, on Christmas Day.

To get everyone in the festive spirit and raise some much needed money for the Hospice, St Barnabas has launched a ‘Twelve Days of Care at Christmas’ campaign, asking for donations for a variety of expenses.

The Hospice is asking people to think about the money they spend at Christmas, and to re-direct some of it as an act of goodwill. Whether people can buy one less bottle of wine or present and donate the spare money, or whether they can give a bit more and cover the cost of a nurse on Christmas Day, every little really will help at such a difficult time of year.

Other ideas include: organising a Christmas Jumper Day at work, paying £20.93 to fund a minute of care on Christmas Day, or halving your Secret Santa money and giving the other half to the Hospice.

Sue Carter, Ward Manager at the St Barnabas Inpatient Unit in Lincoln, said:

“Christmas time is extremely difficult in a hospice for the patients, their families and even the staff. At St Barnabas, it is very important to us that we create lasting memories for the whole family.

“People don’t often realise how much it costs the Hospice to ensure the care we provide is free for everyone, and we rely heavily on our wonderful supporters and fundraisers. Their amazing efforts mean that we can continue providing this care to the people of Lincolnshire when they need it the most.”

To help share the message about the variety of costs St Barnabas Hospice will incur this Christmas, staff and volunteers from across the Hospice have joined together to sing ‘The Twelve Days of Care at Christmas’ to the tune of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. They are releasing segments of this each day across their social media channels, but the full music video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/w2KguWrOhZc

Help St Barnabas make this a Christmas Day to remember for patients living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families and carers across Lincolnshire. For many of the patients, this could be their last Christmas. Please donate any money you can to: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/stbarnabas/careatchristmas

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