Woodlands Hospice Light up a Life 2020 & Message from Santa service

Woodlands Hospice annual Light up a Life Campaign has launched, allowing you to dedicate a light to a loved one this Christmas and support Woodlands Hospice services.

This year, as well as being able to dedicate a light on the physical hospice tree, Woodlands have also reintroduced their virtual tree, allowing people to make a dedication online and leave a personalised message for their loved one. This year, there is also the option to create your very own ‘supporter tree’ and brand it using logo files and photographs.

Individual Giving Manager, Carole Riley, organises the campaign each year and says, “We’re excited to have this new addition to allow people to create their very own supporter trees. We think this would be a wonderful opportunity for businesses to support our campaign by creating their very own tree, incorporating their own branding and sharing this amongst their employees. It is also an option for people with large families to share and connect together, particularly at a time when we have to stay apart from each other more than normal.”

Woodlands Hospice needs to raise £4000 every day to continue providing their services. Campaigns such as Light up a Life are vital in helping the Hospice secure these funds. By supporting the campaign, you will be directly helping patients and their families.

Families like Matt Henderson’s, who experienced their care first hand. Last year Matt was cared for at Woodlands and spent his final days at the hospice but sadly passed away in May. Joanne, Matt’s wife said, “Woodlands made an incredibly difficult time bearable. It became a home to us during the final weeks of Matt’s life. We were made to feel incredibly welcome, even spoilt at times, if that is possible. Nothing was a problem and everyone we met went over and above. Most of all, Matt felt relaxed and comfortable there. I couldn’t have asked for a better place for him to be cared for.”

The Woodlands Hospice Light up a Life Campaign is kindly being sponsored by Peace of Mind Wills.

To find out more or to dedicate a light, please visit www.woodlandshospice.org/light-up-a-life or call Carole Riley on 0151 529 4143.


Get a Message from Santa that gives a little more

Woodlands Hospice have a launched a ‘Message from Santa’ service this year to deliver children in the area a personalised video message and letter from Santa, whilst raising vital funds for their services.

Christmas can be a magical time and Woodlands Hospice are hoping to capture this magic by creating personalised video messages and letters for children in the lead up to the festive holiday. With grottos filling fast and restrictions on many of the usual Christmas activities still in place, the hospice team are hoping their ‘virtual’ messaging option will be a perfect solution for parents struggling to keep the festive spirits high this year, all while raising vital funds for the hospice’s services.

Paula Parle, Woodlands Hospice Community Fundraising Manager, says, “We’re so excited to offer our ‘Message from Santa’ service to our supporters and local community. It’s been a strange year to say the least but hopefully our new Message from Santa service will help to provide our community a sprinkle of magic to help make Christmas extra special this year and will provide children and families a special keepsake they can look back on in years to come!”

The messaging service will cost £10 per child for a personalised video and a letter to be sent from Mr Claus himself, with all proceeds going directly to supporting Woodlands Hospice patients, families and services.

Paula added, “By taking part in our ‘Message from Santa’ service you’ll not only be supporting us this Christmas you’ll be helping us to continue providing quality, specialised care to our patients and supporting their families, carers and other loved ones through their most difficult times.”

To get your personalised message, visit the Woodlands Hospice website, www.woodlandshospice.org/personalised-message-from-santa