If you’re someone who likes to give something back at this time of year, Arthur Rank Hospice may have the perfect solution to help you out, whilst adding to that warm festive feeling inside!
The Hospice – which needs to secure £7.45 million each year (£14.17 per minute) in order provide its vital care free of charge to thousands of people across our county who’re living with a life-limiting illness – has a number of heart-warming Christmas opportunities you can be part of.
Until Friday 15 December, you can request a personalised letter from Santa for the special little young people in your life in exchange for a suggested donation towards the Hospice’s care: £10 could fund a Christmas present for a patient; £15 could fund a Christmas craft session in the hospice’s Day Therapy service; £20 could fund a Christmas meal for 5 patients. Visit www.arhc.org.uk/santaletters or call 01223 675888 before 1pm this Friday so that Arthur Bear has time to pass your request on to Santa before the big day!
For those who love a real Christmas tree but hate the hassle of disposing of it once the needles start to drop, the Hospice is running a Christmas Tree Recycling scheme, whereby they will collect trees from postcodes CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, CB5, CB22 and CB24 on the 5 & 6 January, for a donation of your choice. In 2017 the average donation was a very generous £11 per tree, raising more than £7000 and the team are hoping to raise even more in January 2018. If you live outside of these postcodes – whilst the Hospice’s fleet of Christmas-tree collectors are unable to pick your tree up – you can take advantage of the real-tree clean-up operation by dropping yours to the skips in the Hospice’s car park at Shelford Bottom on Friday 5 or Saturday 6 of January 2018. To find out more or book in your tree, please visit arhc.org.uk/treerecycling.asp
If you prefer to stay out of the kitchen when it comes to providing Christmas pudding, delicious small, medium and large puds are on sale at the Hospice’s shops in Cambridge on Regent Street and Mill Road and on Woollards Lane in Shelford Bottom and on the High Street in Cottenham; and in the reception areas of the Hospice at Shelford Bottom and the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech. The Hospice’s high street stores are also a treasure trove of well-priced and unique gift ideas with – amongst much more – a wonderful range of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, books and cards drawn by local artists, so feel free to pop in and pick up a last minute Christmas gift at a bargain price. Opening times are available at the Hospice’s website: for further details click ‘Support Us’ and navigate to your closest store under ‘Shops’ in the dropdown menu.
Donna Talbot, Director of Fundraising and Communications, comments: “It’s been such a whirlwind 12 months for the Hospice and we’re so grateful for the very generous amount and range of support we’ve had from all corners of Cambridgeshire’s community all year round. We’re so delighted that the support can continue right through to the end of the year and into January too.
“What is brilliant about all these Christmas initiatives is that they’re two way: bringing a helping hand to your festivities, whilst simultaneously raising funds for the vital care we provide at the Hospice in Shelford Bottom, the Day Centre in Wisbech and across the county in people’s own homes through the Arthur Rank Community team. Whether you’re registering for your Letter from Santa, booking in your Christmas tree to be recycled, buying a Christmas pudding or gift from one of our charity shops, you can feel that special glow of knowing you’ll also be helping someone who very much needs our support at an extremely difficult time.”