Butterwick’s Big Christmas
With Christmas finally knocking on our door, Butterwick Hospice has launched a series of festive events and fundraising opportunities in a safe and socially distanced celebration of the season. All to support terminally ill children and adults throughout this Christmas Season.
Butterwick Chief Executive, Debbie Jones, said: “Our founder, Mary Butterwick, once said ‘without the love of our community the hospice cannot exist’, and that’s still true today. Without the boundless enthusiasm and love of our supporters, we couldn’t have got through this difficult year.”
First among these new events: The much-loved Butterwick Santa Run returns with a twist! Not only returning as a new Virtual event, where runners, dressed up like Santa will choose their own routes around their local area with family and friends joining them for not just a run, as Organiser Megan Davidson said: “This year, the Santa Run isn’t just for runners – we want to see Santas on scooters, Segways, bikes, skates, and anything else you can come up with! We’ve even got a prize for the most imaginative Santa!”
Butterwick provides Santa suits for adult participants and hats for under 13s, and everyone that takes part in the Butterwick Santa run receives a commemoratory medal that doubles as a Christmas ornament.
Local schools are also encouraged to help the cause with the Butterwick Rudolph Run, with far fewer Santas and far more reindeer, last year’s Rudolph raised £8000 for Butterwick Hospice Care, and this year Butterwick hopes to raise even more. Providing schools with a reindeer pack for every child taking part, raising money by running, walking, skipping or dancing around their school! Teacher Lindsay Clark, from Crooksbarn Primary School, in Stockton, said: “We first held a Rudolph Run in 2018 to support a child whose mum was being cared for by Butterwick. He helped me organise that first run, and it was a big success.”
“Now the children look forward to the run every year, and our parents really believe in it – the support is fantastic. Each year we see how much joy it brings us, and how much it benefits our local hospice.”
For those less inclined to put on their running shoes (and Santa-hats!) Butterwick offers a chance to remember loved ones passed by donating to the ‘Light up a Life’ appeal. Each donation means a light on the Hospice’s Christmas tree will be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, and each donor will receive a personal ‘Dedication Star’ to hang on their own Christmas tree.
Due to pandemic restrictions, a special lighting ceremony will also be held via Facebook on Sunday, December 13 at 4pm.
Last but not least, Butterwick has not forgotten those who shop at their high-street stores. While the shops are closed due to COVID-19, the Butterwick Online shop and eBay continue to provide for shoppers looking for the ideal Christmas present or stocking filler, and for Christmas cards.
With Christmas coming up, your donations are more important than ever to ensure Butterwick continues helping families through their toughest times. A donation of just £7 would allow the hospice to give a child the opportunity to make lasting memories with someone they love.
A donation of £50 is enough to allow a terminally ill person to spend what could be their last Christmas at home, surrounded by their family.
Debbie added: “In order for Butterwick Hospice Care to be there to support you, your family and your loved ones, we in turn need your help to allow us to keep caring.”
“Now we need our supporters more than ever, to ensure that we can be there for all those that need us in 2021. After all, what better time to help a cause like your local hospice than at Christmas?”