St Oswald's Hospice

Christmas at St Oswald's Hospice

We want to raise £24,000 to help us fund the cost of Christmas on the inpatient unit at St Oswald's Hospice. This funding will meet our clinical costs, ensuring that patients can enjoy the best possible quality of life, with the people they love, in the last 2 weeks of 2011.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2011 to 4:00 PM, 22 December 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (503386)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£12,000

Amount raised

£15,103

Donations

6

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

Location

  • Christmas means so much to families - we've even been known to celebrate it in August!

    — Val Forster In Patient Unit Manager

  • It's hard being away from home over Christmas and for some patients, knowing that this could be their last Christmas makes it even harder.

    — Val Forster in Patient Unit Manager

  • We make sure our patients are spoiled and have a really special Christmas.

    — Val Forster In Patient Unity Manager

  • Christmas means so much to families - we've even been known to celebrate it in August!

    — Val Forster In Patient Unit Manager

  • It's hard being away from home over Christmas and for some patients, knowing that this could be their last Christmas makes it even harder.

    — Val Forster in Patient Unit Manager

  • We make sure our patients are spoiled and have a really special Christmas.

    — Val Forster In Patient Unity Manager

Situation

Every survey of patient care shows that the majority of patients would prefer to be in their own home if at all possible. This is doubly true at Christmas, traditionally a time for family and friends to gather together. So only those patients with the most urgent need for care stay on St Oswald's Inpatient Unit over the festive season. We work hard to make this a happy time for patients and the people they love and need funding to help meet the cost of our high quality services.

Solution

With your help we will make the whole Christmas season a happy time for patients and families by concentrating on the little details. For example, on Christmas Day our chefs kick things off with bacon butties and bucks fizz, followed by mince pies round the log fire. Later we serve Christmas lunch with all the trimmings for patients and their families. All of the bedrooms and bays are decked out and gifts from the Hospice are left out on Christmas morning for every patient.