Christmas Elves at St Clare’s Hospice are hard at work to bring our annual calendar of festive fundraising events to the community of South Tyneside.
The first of four events taking part will be our Christmas Market, which will take place at the Hospice on Saturday 24th November from 10am-2pm. Entry to the market is free and visitors can browse a selection of stalls for gifts, crafts and homemade festive foods. There’ll also be a bottle tombola, raffle and of course, a visit from Santa Claus who will be waiting in his grotto with the Elves to find out what’s on your Christmas list.
On Friday 7th December we will be hosting its annual Jolly Jumper Day. Staff and volunteers will be wearing their best (or worst!) Christmas Jumpers to raise funds for the Hospice. Host a Jolly Jumper Day at your school or workplace on Friday 7th December, or on another day of your choice, to kick start your Christmas celebrations.
St Clare’s annual remembrance service, Light up a Life, will be held at the Hospice on Sunday 16th December. Two services will take place at 4pm and 6pm and will be followed by refreshments. The service is open to the entire community, whether you have been directly affected by the care and support offered by St Clare’s Hospice or not, and is an opportunity to come together with family and friends to think about those who are no longer with us and reflect on the special memories you shared together.
Anyone wishing to dedicate a light to a loved one on the Hospice’s trees can do so by making a donation online. Alongside your dedication you will receive a memory star to hang on your Christmas tree at home and your loved one’s name will be printed in a Book of Remembrance, which will be kept in the Hospice’s chapel throughout the Christmas period.
Our annual Boxing Day Dip will take place on Wednesday 26th December at 12noon and is the perfect way to chill out this Christmas. What better way to spend time with family and friends than putting on your finest festive fancy dress costume and running in to the North Sea to raise funds for your local Hospice.
If you don’t want to brave the cold then pop down to watch the Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Ken Stephenson, take part in the dip. He has chosen St Clare’s Hospice as one of his charities this year and will be leading the way for all of the dippers on the day.
We are always overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown to the Hospice by our local community, especially during the Christmas period when so many people come together to show their support to us.
As the local independent Hospice for the community of South Tyneside we are committed to recommencing our full services as soon as possible and are so grateful to those who continue to support us in any way they can during this difficult time to ensure that we will be able to continue providing vital care and support to families affected by life-limiting illnesses when they need us most.