Wallis Waffle 11th November 2019

Although it’s still only November, in the words of a familiar seasonal song “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… The supermarkets have all launched their Christmas adverts promoting present ideas and festive treats! Whilst closer to home, the estate that I live on has started to see Christmas trees and outdoor lights appearing. As we move towards the big day it feels as though there is a lot of pressure on people to feel positive and happy and as the old carol goes “Tis the season to be jolly!” However, the reality for many people is that Christmas can be a difficult time of year and it’s not always a positive experience for everyone. 

Some will find all the seasonal festivities and everything related to the occasion very challenging. For some, Christmas may be difficult as it can remind them of previous festivities with loved ones. For some, facing the first Christmas without a special loved one can be emotionally challenging and for others, it may be the last Christmas celebrating with their family and friends. 

At Butterwick Hospice Care we provide the highest level of care and compassion to those in our local community, often at the very darkest of times. One way we provide care is through the extraordinary family support services that we offer to all of our patients, their partners, children, siblings and friends. 

Less than a third of our costs are funded by the NHS. We are dependent upon local support to generate the rest of the money it takes to run the charity. We are highly dependent upon regular support and are always grateful for all that we receive. One way people can support our work is through helping to raise funds by attending our events.

We have several different Christmas themed events in place: –

Our Christmas Fayres are being held on 23rd November in the hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland. They start at 11am and end at 2pm. These fayres are a great way for people to visit the hospice, understand more about what we do and have a chance to buy some festive treats.

We have a Santa Run at Hardwick Park, in Sedgefield on 1st December. At just less than 3KM, you can run, jog or walk the routs. The ‘Run’ starts at 10:30.

Remembering those no longer with us and being able to celebrate the impact they had on our lives is very special and important especially at Christmas.

Our Annual Light Up A Life Event, this year is being held on 15th December, in the grounds of our hospices. These events are both moving and supportive, allowing those of us who have lost a loved one the opportunity to come together to reflect and remember them. As a local community, we stand together, reflect on our thoughts and know we are not alone in missing someone close to us. This event starts at 6pm and is open to everyone in our community. 

For more information about any of these events or for more ideas on how to help support our work please contact us on 01642 617617.

On behalf of everyone benefitting from your kind and heartfelt generosity, I would like to thank you for your support of Butterwick Hospice Care.

Jo Wallis

Head of Fundraising & Marketing

Butterwick Hospice Care

Mon 11th November 2019

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