Wear your best - or worst! - festive jumper and raise funds for your local hospice.
Get festive for St Andrew’s!
St Andrew’s Hospice is holding its very own Christmas Jumper Day to raise much-needed donations during the busy festive season.
Participants are being asked to pay £5 to wear their best – or worst! – Christmas jumper on Friday, December 16, and every pound will go towards providing free care for patients young and old.
In return, you will receive a St Andrew's Hospice Christmas Jumper Day pack, which includes a smart jumper-shaped pin badge for you to keep, posters to show you’re supporting the hospice and sponsorship forms.
There will be a special prize for the individual who collects the most sponsorship. Healing Manor is kindly supporting the event by awarding the winner with a voucher for dinner for two.
Schools are being encouraged to get involved too, with a special arrangement just for them: it costs just £5 per school to sign up to St Andrew's Hospice Christmas Jumper Day.
The school’s ‘Jumper Champion’ (in other words, the adult responsible) will receive a pack and the school is then encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible. How that’s done is up to the school – perhaps there is an overall target to achieve, or maybe classes can go in competition with each other… the sky is the limit when it comes to ideas.
Jane Whenham-White, head of income generation at the hospice, said: “The festive season is the time to get away with being silly and no more so than for a great cause.
“Everyone can take part in St Andrew's Hospice Christmas Jumper Day, from your boss, best friend and grandmother to the family dog… it’s all-encompassing. You can take part at work, at school or at home, it really doesn’t matter. The important thing is that you do take part, and help us make each day count for local people who need our services.
“If jumpers aren’t your preferred apparel, participants can take part by wearing anything festive, whether that’s a Santa suit or fancy dress costume, or maybe just some silly socks. And if December 16 doesn’t fit in with your plans, just pick another date in December to suit you.
“The £5 donation you make and any sponsorship you collect will mean so much to the work of the hospice, particularly in the busy run-up to Christmas. Our services never stop – we are here on every single day of the year. While most of us are fortunate enough to be able to spend the festive season how we choose, some families don’t have that option. They need specialist care 24 hours a day, and St Andrew’s prides itself on providing such a vital facility in the heart of our community.
“Hospice care is holistic, which means the entire well-being of the patient and their family is considered. It really is a home-from-home. There are no set visiting hours so families and friends can come and go as they please. They can order takeaways and bring in pets, for example, to make the experience as homely as possible. Relatives and carers can phone at any time, day or night, and can also stay overnight if they don’t want to leave, and there’s no set routine; patients are encouraged to be as independent as possible, and they tell us how they want to be cared for.
“Our services don’t stop there. We provide support and advice at home, offer complementary therapies, family support, a monthly carers’ group, counselling and more. It really is an amazing place and we rely on the generosity of the communities we support to continue providing care, entirely for free.
“I hope I’ve inspired everyone, young and old, to go festive for St Andrew’s!”
Register here or pick up a registration form from the hospice’s reception.